LEGACYTRAVEL From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1067 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 6 months 20 hours ago) and read 2166 times:
I was at the Layton Ave. observation area this morning and seen a FL 737 leave its gate, stop short of the runway, taxi down the active runway back toward the gate area, only to stop short of the gate turn around and then head out to the active runway and take off. I believe the call sign was citrus 635 but I could be wrong.
Does anyone have information regarding what that was all about??
FL1TPA From United States of America, joined May 2004, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 2060 times:
I don't know about that flight specifically, but it sure sounds like a minor mechanical issue to me. The aircraft may have encountered a mechanical problem during the final few minutes of taxi-out just before take-off. The crew turned around to avoid blocking the taxiway and called maintenance control to attempt to troubleshoot the problem. They headed back to the gate just in case ground maintenance needed to be called (also to grab a gate before they become occupied). It sounds like the problem was resolved before they parked, so they just taxied back out and departed.
It's happened to me a couple times.
If it had been a customer/crew problem they probably would have parked back at the gate and had a customer service agent come onboard to take care of the issue.
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