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Your Diverted Flight?

Tue Sep 12, 2006 3:37 pm

Name your diverted flights (due to weather, mechanical, or medical) or any other irregular ops flights such as unscheduled fuel stops or flag stops.


United DC-10
Scheduled Routing: EWR-ORD
Actual Routing: EWR-MKE-ORD (diverted to to ORD WX)

One that I worked but didn't ride this summer...got a double wammy:

Southwest 737-300
Scheduled Routing: SAT-BWI
Actual Routing: SAT-BHM-ORF-BWI (made a fuel stop at BHM then diverted to ORF due to WX...this flight was full with 137 pax PLUS three jumpseaters...ouch!)
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RE: Your Diverted Flight?

Tue Sep 12, 2006 6:14 pm

Here we go ....

1991, flying from the old KUL Subang (now SZB) to LHR on 9M-MHO, a Malaysian 744. This is quite a long flight as you'll know if you've ever done it.

15 minutes from LHR, we were told the fog had dropped over LHR and the visibilty was then too low and we were diverting to LGW. The landing at LGW was incredibly bumpy due to heavy fog there too and touch down was way down the runway so maximum reverse thrust was in order.

My friend was thrilled as he lived only 8 miles from LGW but alas, as MH don't have agents at LGW, we were made to sit onboard for over 3 hours until the fog at LHR had lifted sufficiently for us to go on.

We took off (a very short take off indeed) from LGW headed for LHR. It would've been quicker to drive .... it took us an hour including sitting in the stack at LHR. I don't know what constitutes a near miss but at one point a 757 flew over us cross-ways so low that if I'd been looking at the right time, I'd have probably seen the reg!

We finally made our approach in what was still thick fog, we can only have been at 100 feet or so and the pilot decided to go around; engines roared and flaps up as we climbed like a rocket!

I have to say, I've never been happier to step off a plane than on that flight, apporx 17.5 hours since boarding!
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RE: Your Diverted Flight?

Tue Sep 12, 2006 8:44 pm

I'd love to but there are too many to remember! Those which do stand out as best I can figure out and not in any order:

RSW-IAH divert to MSY.....thunderstorms at IAH....sat for 2 hours.

RSW-IAH divert to SAT......around back side of thunderstorms along the coast for gas at SAT then go, totaly ground time maybe 20 minutes.

SNA-IAH divert to CRP.......thunderstorms at IAH from tropical storm....seemed like forever at CRP we sat but had the only jetway, fuel truck and tug for CO at that time of night! We got out early after 5 hours compared to the other IAH diverts some 12 or so I think.

IAH-DFW divert back to IAH...thunderstorms at DFW, lukcy me I went home.  Smile

EWR-IAH divert to EFD.....fog and RVR below 600' went for gas and then more holding before getting in.

GSO-IAH divert to MSY.....guess what, thunderstorms at IAH.....sat for 4 hours as all the mainline CO aircraft got gas while the 3 RJ's waited, but at least we had ice/drinks and good seat.
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RE: Your Diverted Flight?

Tue Sep 12, 2006 10:41 pm

Mine was with Icelandair (FI)

KEF-YHZ. We had to stop for additional fuel in Goose Bay (YYR) due to strong headwinds.
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RE: Your Diverted Flight?

Wed Sep 13, 2006 4:39 pm

CO DC-10
Emergency landing in EWR due to mechanical problem.

WN 737-300
Diverted back to GEG due to weather.

HP A-320
Diverted back to PHX due to weather.

Kitty Hawk 727-200F
Overflew PDX due to weather.

Kitty Hawk 727-200F
Diverted to BFI due to fog.

WN 737-700
Diverted to LAS due to fog.
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RE: Your Diverted Flight?

Thu Sep 14, 2006 12:15 am

Read this:
Have You Ever Had A Diversion? (by Thepilot Feb 27 2006 in Aviation Polls & Prefs)#ID78407
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RE: Your Diverted Flight?

Thu Sep 14, 2006 1:49 am

I was to fly ZRH-MUC-LAX on LH and then on to LAS on WN. The equipment between MUC and LAX was an A 340. A very uneventful journey was about to come to an end when the pilot announced that we had to land in LAS (very ironic) to refuel due to unexpectedly strong headwinds. We were about to land at LAS when the plane lifted off again as there was a small jet on the runway. We circled over LAS (very bumpy) and landed at the second attempt. Because it was an unscheduled stop, it took very long to refuel. So I missed my connection to LAS. But WN staff at LAX were extremely nice to put me on the next available flight at no charge.
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RE: Your Diverted Flight?

Fri Sep 15, 2006 7:15 am

Delta from SFO to DFW went to LAS for medical, TWA SFO to BOS turned around and returned to SFO due to engine failure after an hour in flight, North Central MQT to MSP ended up in DTW due to snow, and AA ORD to BRU ended up at CDG.

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