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AA 763 At ATL

Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:54 pm

Got to ATL for work today to find N7375A, an AA 763 parked at the T gates. Pushed back 1453 local time. Anyone with any word on why it was here?
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RE: AA 763 At ATL

Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:22 pm

The flight was AA643 which was flying from MIA and was heading for ORD. I'd say it may have been something like a medical emergency of some sort to make it divert to ATL.
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RE: AA 763 At ATL

Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:22 pm

Flight aware says it was MIA-ORD and diverted to ATL.

I'm not an insider, so I can't help with why.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/A...3/history/20120123/1210Z/KMIA/KATL
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RE: AA 763 At ATL

Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:59 pm

Landed in ATL at 9:07 AM, scheduled to depart at 4:00PM. Would it really be on the ground for 7 hours for a medical diversion?
 
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RE: AA 763 At ATL

Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:20 pm

Well they pushed it at about 1453 and lo and behold, it's back at the gate with the #1 engine cowling open. Makes me lean toward a maintenance diversion. I believe I see some DL equipment (towbar, container loader) over there too.


Maybe they were just practicing pushing it back, since they rarely see anything bigger than 738s?   
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RE: AA 763 At ATL

Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:28 pm

Quoting GSPflyer (Reply 3):
Landed in ATL at 9:07 AM, scheduled to depart at 4:00PM. Would it really be on the ground for 7 hours for a medical diversion?

Oh right I didn't know it was on the ground for that long.
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RE: AA 763 At ATL

Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:40 pm

Well, the DL folks do know a thing or two about fixing a 767 ...
 
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RE: AA 763 At ATL

Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:48 pm

Quoting GSPflyer (Reply 3):

Not unless the Rx pax died... I am guessing
 
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RE: AA 763 At ATL

Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:23 pm

Just watched it take off from Rwy 26L at 1715 local time, so it was here about 8 hours total. When it came back in after the initial pushback, they unloaded the rear cargo compartment and reloaded it about 10 minutes later. I saw 1 LD8 and two LD2s. No idea what was up front, but I did see the loader lined up earlier in the day.
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RE: AA 763 At ATL

Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:51 pm

We did have a good laugh with the crew about taking pictures of the DL equipment on the gate and them ending up on the internet tonight  . They had a DL container loader, bag tug, tow bar, and transporters on the gate.

I believe it was initially a MTC deal with the nbr one engine. The ground crew told me they were taxiing it to DL North for an engine run up, so that explains the 1450 push. They brought it back after, loaded it up, and its gone on to ORD now.
 
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RE: AA 763 At ATL

Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:11 am

Quoting captainstefan (Thread starter):
Got to ATL for work today to find N7375A, an AA 763 parked at the T gates.

I saw it as well. First saw it as i was driving past the airport . I took notice of it since it is obviously larger that the MD80/B737 that AA usually has in ATL. Though it was a 757 was at first glance, but once i got a closer look I can see it was a B767.

Quoting DLATLOpsSup (Reply 9):
I believe it was initially a MTC deal with the nbr one engine. The ground crew told me they were taxiing it to DL North for an engine run up, so that explains the 1450 push. They brought it back after, loaded it up, and its gone on to ORD now.


Was the repairs done with AA AMT's or did they contact DL and ask them to assist? Does AA have their own AMT's in ATL?Even if they do I doubt they are familiar with the B767. I'd imagine that you would need a few DL agents as I doubt AA ground handling agents are familiar with widebody operations? Is AA ATL operations contact or in house employees?

I hope DL gave AA a good neighbor discount on services provided considering it appears to be a genuine Mechanical diversion, and you never know when the roles will be reversed with a DL 767/777 in MIA/DFW with an unscheduled diversion due to MTC.
 
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RE: AA 763 At ATL

Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:46 am

Quoting aviationbuff08 (Reply 10):
Is AA ATL operations contact or in house employees?

I would assume in house, the only AA stations that I can think of that are outsourced would be EGE,RAP,and all those other small cities/hole in the wall airports.
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RE: AA 763 At ATL

Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:56 am

Quoting aviationbuff08 (Reply 10):

What?? Let's jus *say* AA has mechanics in Atlanta, what makes you think they're not familiar with 767s? Just because the station doesn't see them regularly? They are still mechanics and would be trained on a wide range of equipment. Its also not too far fetched for them to fly in SMEs from DFW, MIA or ORD. Secondly as to the ramp, not a big deal. An airplane is an airplane is an airplane. You work around them long enough and you will find that at the end of the day they are all the same. All use the same ground power cord and conditioned air hookups. At DL, you are trained on all a/c and although I can't say for certain, I'm sure AA does the same. Look at stations that get weird diversions. Someone will be trained to work it. There will be high time guys there in Atlanta that's worked all types in the past and equipment doesn't change. Most is universal for this very reason. A brand new container loader can handle a 30 year old container.
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RE: AA 763 At ATL

Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:08 pm

Quoting aviationbuff08 (Reply 10):
Even if they do I doubt they are familiar with the B767

I know for a fact that there is at least 3 mechanics trained on 767, because they transferred to ATL from stations that have 767's

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RE: AA 763 At ATL

Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:24 pm

Quoting olddominion727 (Reply 7):
Not unless the Rx pax died... I am guessing

Nobody dies on an aircraft, they are all pronounced dead in the jetway.
 
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RE: AA 763 At ATL

Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:16 am

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 12):
as to the ramp, not a big deal. An airplane is an airplane is an airplane. You work around them long enough and you will find that at the end of the day they are all the same.



Well actually I do work around airplanes everyday. Yes they are all the same as they all have wings, wheels, windows and cargo holds. As far as placing the chocks, power and conditioned air, that's the same regardless of type.

Airplanes fall into either a narrow body or a wide body type aircraft. With the equipment and procedures used to unload or load a narrow body being night and day different than you would a wide body aircraft. I know this first hand because within the last 8 months I went from working CRJ200/700/900, B737, B757, and MD-88 to working MD-88, B737, B757, B767. Working the B767 for the first time was an enlightening experience from the previous type airplanes I have worked on.

The point i was trying to make was that AA might not have agents in ATL familiar with the B767 as it is not even an occasional visitor to ATL for AA. Unless of course someone has worked for AA in another location that operates the B767.

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 12):
Look at stations that get weird diversions. Someone will be trained to work it.



I wouldn't place bets on this in LAS. I do remember reading that a DL MD-88 made an unscheduled diversion to TUS a few years ago. I believe it was TUS, if not it was some other city in the southwest United States that doesn't see DL's MD88 regularly scheduled. Long story short here was the ground agents was attempting to lower the aft stairs and instead ended up jettisoning the tail cone section of the aircraft.

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