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BA 265 Diverted To BDL 5.14  
User currently offlinesasd209 From British Indian Ocean Territory, joined Oct 2007, 640 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 8651 times:

Just noticed this little item: Looks like BA 265 from Heathrow to Dulles diverted to Bradley Int'l just a little while ago. I do see some weather around Dulles, but I also see a number of suitable alternates between IAD and BDL. Can anyone confirm why they diverted and why BDL was the choice? Many thanks!
SASD209

oops, Flightaware link:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/B...5/history/20100514/1359Z/EGLL/KIAD

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User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6604 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 8584 times:

Flightaware is not responding at the moment, but looking on flightwise, it shows as doing a few circuits over NY state before diverting to BDL. Hours/fuel/weather perhaps.

http://flightwise.com/track/BAW265#

Use the mouse to zoom on an area.



wheat and dairy can screw up your brain
User currently offlinesasd209 From British Indian Ocean Territory, joined Oct 2007, 640 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 8324 times:

Has to be weather on the east coast, United 10 (SFO-JFK) diverted to BDL also, now taking off to JFK to complete the journey.
Also, BA 265 just took off to complete it's journey to IAD.


User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 7896 times:

BA229 went into BOS, continued to BWI later.


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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7345 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 7427 times:

Quoting sasd209 (Thread starter):
but I also see a number of suitable alternates between IAD and BDL. Can anyone confirm why they diverted and why BDL was the choice?

The alternatives are JFK, EWR, PHL, BWI - because those are airports where international flights can clear customs and immigration.

BDL is also an airport where customs and immigration can be cleared - though they do need 1 hour prior notice. Since the crew expected the delay to be short - landing at BDL puts them at an airport where they could legally land, and possibly deplane if the wait turned out to be longer. Last time I was at BDL - the international terminal building was still sitting there so the airport has the physical facilities to deplane an international wide-body.

The other customs capable airport in the area like ILG don't have the separate terminal/ passenger facilities available if necessary.

BDL also has a level of traffic to allow the aircraft to get out quickly when the destination opens up.

Going into the other four airport would have entailed a longer turn around and might have put them into the weather also.

[Edited 2010-05-15 06:57:59]

User currently offlinesasd209 From British Indian Ocean Territory, joined Oct 2007, 640 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 7125 times:

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 4):
BDL also has a level of traffic to allow the aircraft to get out quickly when the destination opens up.

Going into the other four airport would have entailed a longer turn around and might have put them into the weather also.

And that now makes the choice of BDL perfectly logical!! Thanks much.


User currently offlineCBPhoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1548 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 6123 times:

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 4):
The alternatives are JFK, EWR, PHL, BWI - because those are airports where international flights can clear customs and immigration.

Flying Virgin from LHR-BOS, we also diverted to BDL due to WX! We put on more fuel, and then continued to BOS! I think if you are not going to de-plane, then BDL is perfect for diversions for flights across the pond!



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User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2480 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5833 times:

We (Baltimore-DC area) were hit with a line of nasty storms last evening. One cell developed just south of IAD and moved eastward to Waldorf and the southern Delmarva area; it reportedly dropped golf-ball sized hail and had the makings of a funnel cloud. Similarly, Baltimore, NE Maryland and SE Pennslyvania had numerous reports of hail, strong straightline winds and a lot of lightning. The front moved through over the course of about two hours but affected a lot of airspace.

The end result? It's beautiful today, just in time for the Preakness.



777fan



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User currently offlineAAFLT1871 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3896 times:

Quoting 777fan (Reply 7):
We (Baltimore-DC area) were hit with a line of nasty storms last evening. One cell developed just south of IAD and moved eastward to Waldorf and the southern Delmarva area; it reportedly dropped golf-ball sized hail and had the makings of a funnel cloud. Similarly, Baltimore, NE Maryland and SE Pennslyvania had numerous reports of hail, strong straightline winds and a lot of lightning. The front moved through over the course of about two hours but affected a lot of airspace.

I live in Waldorf, I was up at a friends job when it began, this was just the beginning. The hail did get bigger but my battery on my phone was dying so I did not record for too long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md7O7xxbSd4


And here is a picture of one I took, it was shattered from falling so hard and fast, but it was easily bigger than a golf ball when it came down.

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a3/aaflt1871/Hail.jpg



Where did everybody go?
User currently offlinesasd209 From British Indian Ocean Territory, joined Oct 2007, 640 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3361 times:

Absolutely amazing video! I suppose I would have diverted with the prospect of flying into that also!!

User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2480 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3325 times:

Quoting AAFLT1871 (Reply 8):
I live in Waldorf, I was up at a friends job when it began, this was just the beginning.

Good stuff. We had little more than heavy rain, minimal lightning and some brief wind gusts up in Baltimore. The Weather Channel guys 3D'd the cells and claimed they topped out at FL350; decent, but nowhere near the monsters in OK, West Texas, etc.

777fan



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