airplanetire
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Why Was SAA A346 In ATL In Afternoon March 18?

Mon Mar 28, 2005 5:43 am

Yesterday, I returned to ATL from DUB. I flew Aer Lingus from DUB to AMS and KLM from AMS to ATL. Upon landing at about 2:15 p.m., I noticed that the SAA A346 was still at the international terminal. Normally this plane leaves around 10:00. Why was it still in ATL? Were there mechanical problems or was it late departing JNB or CPT?
 
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RE: Why Was SAA A346 In ATL In Afternoon March 18?

Mon Mar 28, 2005 9:51 am

They wanted to hold her up so you could catch a glance of her before she left  Wink

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RE: Why Was SAA A346 In ATL In Afternoon March 18?

Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:18 am

WX at Jo'burg sucked...I think it was the 18th...
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RE: Why Was SAA A346 In ATL In Afternoon March 18?

Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:36 pm

Quoting Airplanetire (Thread starter):
Yesterday, I returned to ATL from DUB.

Posted on the 27th so I doubt the weather on the 18th had anything to do with it! I'll find out tomorrow (today is a holiday here) and post the reason.
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RE: Why Was SAA A346 In ATL In Afternoon March 18?

Tue Mar 29, 2005 8:39 am

Title says "Why Was SAA A346 In ATL In Afternoon March 18?" but then he posts the 27th and refers to Yesterday. Which is it?
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RE: Why Was SAA A346 In ATL In Afternoon March 18?

Tue Mar 29, 2005 11:04 am

I believe the date in question is Saturday, March 26. I don't know the reason why it was delayed but I saw it leave the gate about one hour late, taxi to the end of the runway, then taxi back to the terminal. It was still there when I left work about 2:45 pm.
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RE: Why Was SAA A346 In ATL In Afternoon March 18?

Tue Mar 29, 2005 11:10 am

I saw the aircraft push back from the gate around 11:30AM on Saturday the 26th, but when I left for PHX on 26L around 2:15PM it was still there back at the same gate with the number 1 engine panels open, my guess would be mechanical.

[Edited 2005-03-29 03:12:02]
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airplanetire
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RE: Why Was SAA A346 In ATL In Afternoon March 18?

Thu Mar 31, 2005 2:06 pm

Sorry about that guys. I certainly did mean the 26th. I was very tired when I wrote it though since I had gotten out of bed at 2:45 a.m. in Dublin and had not had any meaningful sleep by the time I wrote this in the evening in Atlanta. March 18th was the day I left. Sorry for the confusion.

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