L1011
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DL 2283 Diversion

Tue Jul 11, 2000 7:32 am

Today around noon I went to Richmond Airport (RIC) to do some spotting, but I only saw three planes: a United A319 and two Delta MD-88s. One of the MD-88s, N914DL, had the right engine opened up and mechanics were working on it. The flight was supposed to have departed for ATL at 10:50 AM, and it was now a little after noon. There was a long line of people trying to get rebooked. Later today, around 4:45 PM, I decided to check out DL 2283 on THE TRIP's flight tracker. It showed the flight finally left RIC around 4:30 PM and was due in ATL around 5:50 PM. While I was watching the flight approach ATL, I saw it turn around, and the destination changed to Knoxville. It was to arrive around 6:10. I checked the weather in ATL to see if that was the cause of the diversion. The weather was fine. I continued to follow the flight, and it landed in Knoxville a little after six. I called Delta and asked about the flight, and they said it was diverted to Knoxville due to a mechanical problem. I wonder if it was another problem with the same engine I saw them working on in RIC. If they were approaching ATL, why would they suddenly turn around and go to Knoxville? Since Delta's major hub is ATL, it looks like they would have more mechanical support there. Does anybody have any details on this?

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA
Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B
 
tritanic
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RE: DL 2283 Diversion

Tue Jul 11, 2000 7:40 am

Here in the tower at DL in ATL, and you are completely wrong....the flight in question diverted to TYS due to a thundershower in ATL....a lot of lightning!! This is confirmed!!!
 
deltaagent
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RE: DL 2283 Diversion

Tue Jul 11, 2000 7:44 am

The flight was diverted due to thunderstorms in the Atlanta area. At 1730 the ramp was closed due to lightning for about 15-20 minutes. Also, an ATC called a ground stop for all flights until 1830.

Not in this case, but sometimes it is safer to land the plane at the closest airport due to mechanical reasons. Parts can always be flown in or bought from other carriers.

Delta Agent
 
tritanic
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RE: DL 2283 Diversion

Tue Jul 11, 2000 7:48 am

Here's the orig flight text:

off RIC...DLD MECH...STUB ATL 9161..2032Z/10JUL
RIC- UNA (UNABLE) ATL....WX (WEATHER)..DVRTG TYS
2155Z/10JUL
ATL-UNA ATL WX...DVRTG TYS-2150Z/10JUL
 
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Tritanic

Tue Jul 11, 2000 9:05 am

Hey Tritanic,
do you work for ATC in ATL?
 
L1011
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RE: DL 2283 Diversion

Tue Jul 11, 2000 9:18 am

Thanks for the information. I checked the ATL weather on The Weather Channel's website around 5:30, and it just said "Hazy." I guess they are not always right. It also listed flights scheduled to arrive in ATL around 5:30 and none of them said anything about being diverted. But I guess some websites don't always have the latest information. Thanks again for your answers. I was dying of curiosity.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA
Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B