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Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 4:04 am

Hey everyone... I'm flying on this flight tomorrow (Dec. 27) but I was looking up the info for this flight tonight and it says it's planned to be diverted to ATL before it even leaves the ground. Below is the info I found off of Delta.com. Keep in mind, this is normally a non-stop flight from MCO-IND.

Leg: 1
Delta Express 2318
Departure City: MCO
Scheduled Departure Time: December 26 - 7:30pm
Estimated Departure Time: On Time
Arrival City: ATL
Scheduled Arrival Time: December 26 - 9:00pm
Estimated Arrival Time: December 26 - 9:00pm
Departure Gate : 73
Arrival Gate: N/A
Equipment: Boeing 737-200

Leg: 2
Delta Express 2318
Departure City: ATL
Scheduled Departure Time: December 26 - 9:40pm
Estimated Departure Time: December 26 - 9:40pm
Arrival City: IND
Scheduled Arrival Time: December 26 - 10:01pm
Estimated Arrival Time: December 26 - 11:10pm
Departure Gate : N/A
Arrival Gate: B04
Equipment: Boeing 737-200

Anyone have any explanations for this or why it's even being diverted before it takes off?? Any answer is appreciated. Thanks

-Justin

 
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 5:12 am

The only thing I can think of is they want this aircraft in ATL for one reason or another.
 
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 8:57 am

It was snowing earlier in the day in IND, actually quite hard. A lot of diversions around STL, IND, CLE etc.. and all the way into the northeast (LGA, JFK, PHL, BOS)
 
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 10:33 am

That would probably be understandable if it had been diverted after takeoff but it was noted that it would have a stop in ATL as early as 8am this morning. It's inflight to ATL as we speak. Thanks for everyone's response.

-Justin
 
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 10:39 am

oh yea.. sorry... that is weird. maybe a DL employee can help. I was thinking maybe it had to ferry something, but why not just use a bigger mainline jet?

The only other reason I can see is that something minor needed to be fixed on the a/c and there wasn't a crew at MCO capable of doing it, so it's just gonna stop in ATL for about an hour to get the problem fixed and then head off to IND.
 
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 10:47 am

Just a wild stab at this, but perhaps someone made an error as far as date entry, i.e. even though it's Thursday December 26th right now, the operating time of the flight is after 0000Z (UTC), and into the new "Zulu" day. Many flight-oriented times are based in UTC, and perhaps some non-operational person mistook at 27/0200Z (as an example) for something that happened on Friday December 27th versus something that happened on the evening of December 26th (but after 0000Z).
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 10:49 am

I just got off the phone with Delta and they said the reason it stopped in ATL was to change aircraft. But I don't understand that.... Why would they change it. And if you theory is correct, Jcxp15, they why would they takeoff if they knew they had a mechanical problem. Isn't that dangerous? Of course I suppose it depends on the seriousness of the problem. Anyhow... I'll be on this flight tomorrow and I hope we don't have this problem too. Thanks for everyone's help.
 
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 10:53 am

Diversions are common. Especially in winter. This is a non-issue.
 
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 10:55 am

But this isn't an "all-of-a-sudden" diversion. It was planned since early this morning. It just took off about an hour ago.
 
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 11:03 am

I'll throw this into the " pure speculation only" ring. Just because they are changing aircraft doesn't necessarily mean there is anything wrong with it. If this stop has been planned for some time, perhaps the airplane in question was due for scheduled heavy maintenance and they are simply saving the cost of a ferry flight from MCO, especially if the load is light (as might be the case on Dec. 26th) and relatively few people would be inconvenienced.
 
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 11:10 am

Yeah... the flight only had about 30 people or so on it out of 119 seats.
 
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 11:11 am

Now that I read your original message a little closer (forget about the possible time mistakes), let's try this...

The aircraft that was going into ATL may have had a deferred maintence item that would have been OK into ATL, but not on to IND. The aircraft with inoperative item or system may have been precluded from operating into known/forecast icing conditions, IMC weather, or may have been precluding departing a maintenance facility (such as ATL) without first being repaired.

Deferral of some aircraft items is perfectly legal and safe as far as any restrictions and/or limitations in the aircraft's minimum equipment list (MEL) are adhered to.

A simplistic example would be windshield wipers. If they were "inop" on your car, and you couldn't fix it until the next day, you wouldn't arbitrairly "ground" you car and keep it in the garage all day. You'd limit your driving to periods that it wasn't raining, and if it was raining, THEN it would stay in the garage until it either quit raining, or you could fix them.

Aircraft are no different, and it's up to the airline's pilots, dispatchers, and MX folks to keep an eye on this stuff, so nothing unsafe or illegal takes place. Sometimes, aircraft are routed intentionally to fix things. Other times, items fail in-flight, and necessitate diverting to either repair the inop item, or swapping out to another aircraft. Sounds like that have have occurred here...
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 11:19 am

Ok. Thanks for everyone's guess. I think we may have figured out why this plane has diverted into ATL. It would be nice if one of the passengers on this flight would comment on what they were told after they land and get to their homes. Maybe an airliners.net forum member is on that flight. But don't hold your breath.
 
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 11:21 am

Oh yeah... I forgot to say goodnight to you all. Thanks again.
 
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 11:29 am

Oops. It went on there twice... Goodnight and thanx again

-Justin
 
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 12:39 pm

Hopefully, the folks on this flight enjoyed the ride on DLX as it will soon be over for IND. Last DLX flights to IND are Dec 31. Starting Jan 1, IND-MCO will be handed over to Chautauqua ERJ-145's. It's a big capacity cut, but you do get 3 daily flights instead of 2.
 
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 2:47 pm

Flight 2318 was flown through ATL for an aircraft swap. Aircraft 313 came in for a repainting.
 
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 10:04 pm

Thanks so much. That explains it now. Well... hopefully I will not have this problem tonight as I take this same flight.

FlyPNS1: I know what you mean. I wish DLX was going to keep IND. I've accumulated many miles with Express going to IND. But I have a superstition about small planes like the ERJ-145 so I don't think I'll be flying non-stop on Delta anymore to IND. It may have to be ATA or Delta (connecting somewhere) or if I really have to... SOUTHWEST. Didn't think I'd ever say that. No offense to Southwest fans! Don't attack me because said that. PLEASE. Just my opinion.  Smile

Thanks once more everybody.

-Justin
 
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 10:31 pm

Maybe it has something to do with the age of the Delta Express 737-200. Soemone at the Delta disptach is probably counting on the to-be-diverted 732 to need an antique part replaced, so the call to the Boeing museum in Seattle has already been made.
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Sat Dec 28, 2002 12:37 am

Dlx737200:

Don't feel bad about the Southwest thing... It's ok, we understand  Smile

But who can refuse $34 one way tickets? Not me...
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Sat Dec 28, 2002 4:09 am

Yeah... 34 dollars to fly 300 miles. Not 900 miles. More like 100 dollars which is close to any other airline. I just don't like Southwest because they don't have reserved seating.
 
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RE: Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?

Sat Dec 28, 2002 4:25 am

Perhaps this aircraft is being pulled off Express and put into mainline service. Delta Express is being phased out next year.
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