I just checked the Flifo for this flight, sounds like it was a bad day at US Airways!
They had a flight return to stand at ORD
, due mechanical, it eventually left a couple of hours late and was due to go to Tampa via Pittsburgh. A replacement aircraft was provided in PIT
to avoid delaying all those passengers. The replacement aircraft was diverted from TPA
due weather, and eventually arrived in TPA
4hrs 55mins late. It then flew TPA
making up some time enroute, then flew the TPA
flight making up almost an hour in lost time, presumably due to fairly empty skies.
At least it got out of ORD
before the complete groundstop on eastbound flights around 5pm!!!