Sitting right here about 100 yards from ACC airport, I cannot for the life of me imagine why they decided to do that. Every other flight has been in and out of here today without hassles. If this kind of visibility is an issue for Delta, they are going to get totally screwed when Harmattan is in full swing.
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2806 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3452 times:
Even more interesting, today's return flight (DL167), which is now scheduled to leave ACC in about 15 minutes at 5:10 pm local, is showing a scheduled diversion to SJU en route to JFK, with a scheduled arrival in NY at 1:15 am. Ouch--long day for those passengers!
EWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5522 posts, RR: 57 Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3421 times:
Quoting FoxBravo (Reply 3): Even more interesting, today's return flight (DL167), which is now scheduled to leave ACC in about 15 minutes at 5:10 pm local, is showing a scheduled diversion to SJU en route to JFK, with a scheduled arrival in NY at 1:15 am. Ouch--long day for those passengers!
I was thinking that might be a glitch in DL's site. I think that DL 166 continues to SJU from JFK. Maybe it is just showing the final destination, as opposed to the enroute destination. I find it hard to believe that DL would send that plane to SJU non-stop. Although SJU is closer by 600 or so miles.
Yeah, that crossed my mind too (and for the sake of the passengers, I hope it is!). However, DL doesn't fly JFK-SJU. Perhaps there are unusually strong headwinds or other weather conditions requiring a fuel stop, although if that were the case there would be less out-of-the-way places to refuel, such as TFN or PDL. On the other hand, DL has operations at SJU and fuel (as well as a new flight crew if necessary) would be more readily available.
In any event, the flight is apparently now boarding for a 2:10 am arrival at JFK (and still showing a diversion via SJU).
Edit: Thanks, Sean--the heat would also explain it.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3263 times:
Quoting WorldTraveler (Reply 7): The return crew could be close to timing out if they waited at ACC for the arrival.
Actually, that is probably closer to the truth. The unrealistically scheduled 90 minute scheduled turn in Accra means that the outbound crew is at the airport before the inbound touches down. A diversion means that the clock would be ticking by the time the aircraft gets back to Accra.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2577 times:
Well, it appears that Virgin Nigeria is getting quite slammed now due to the visibility - they are cancelling their 3rd consecutive flight tonight and have about 300 pax sleeping in the airport. They must have RVR of 800m to operate but the tower is evidently calling it as 400m, even though I can clearly see about 1200m from my office window located right by the airport. Bellview and AeroContractors are operating to/from Lagos without any problems and no other flights have been affected.
Just spoke with some folks from Delta and they are laughing about their new 4x weekly JFK-COO service. Interestingly enough, and purely anecdotally (so this cannot be verified through any other source - it is purely hearsay whose veracity has not been determined), the visibility was even lower at COO than it was at ACC before they decided to divert but by the time they got to COO they were too short on fuel to go anywhere else. Welcome to African operations!!!