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downtown273
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US729 LHR-PHL Diverts To ACY Today 06APR

Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:48 pm

Apparently US Airways flight 729 from London Heathrow to Philadelphia, diverted today (06APR) to Atlantic City.

The aircraft is currently flying from Atlantic City to Philadelphia, ETA 5:48pm local.

Any ideas of why the flight diverted to ACY?

It's an A330-200, I believe N279AY.
 
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RE: US729 LHR-PHL Diverts To ACY Today 06APR

Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:53 pm

I love ACY. I wish i was in the area to see this plane there
 
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RE: US729 LHR-PHL Diverts To ACY Today 06APR

Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:54 pm

Figures, my day off and I miss the A330...

PHL for some reason has a ground stop til 1800, and showing airborne delays of 31-45 minutes both due to traffic volume.

Is there something special going on in PHL where there would be the more than usual traffic??
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RE: US729 LHR-PHL Diverts To ACY Today 06APR

Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:56 pm

US Airways just back the ETA of the ACY-PHL flight, it is now 6:33pm.

I wonder if the pax have been allowed to clear immigration & customs in ACY?
Or have they been waiting inside the plane?
 
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RE: US729 LHR-PHL Diverts To ACY Today 06APR

Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:59 pm

ATCSCC Advisory
ATCSCC ADVZY 029 PHL/ZNY 04/06/2011 CDM GROUND STOP

MESSAGE:


CTL ELEMENT: PHL
ELEMENT TYPE: APT
ADL TIME: 1948Z
GROUND STOP PERIOD: 06/1945Z - 06/2030Z
DEP FACILITIES INCLUDED: (Manual) ZTL ZBW ZOB ZDC ZNY
PREVIOUS TOTAL, MAXIMUM, AVERAGE DELAYS: 655 / 52 / 16
NEW TOTAL, MAXIMUM, AVERAGE DELAYS: 1765 / 82 / 42
PROBABILITY OF EXTENSION: LOW
IMPACTING CONDITION: OTHER / SECURITY
COMMENTS:
 
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RE: US729 LHR-PHL Diverts To ACY Today 06APR

Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:02 pm

Quoting downtown273 (Reply 3):
I wonder if the pax have been allowed to clear immigration & customs in ACY?

We have customs available 9-5 M-F... however, we do not let people off unless its for medical reasons... more than likely the aircraft was parked on the remote ramp and not even brought up to gate.

Also, looks like AWE1256 from MSY-PHL diverted to BWI, so something has to be happening in PHL for sure.
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RE: US729 LHR-PHL Diverts To ACY Today 06APR

Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:09 pm

Well, the President is there, but I wouldn't think that would create a total ground stop???
 
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RE: US729 LHR-PHL Diverts To ACY Today 06APR

Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:10 pm

Quoting nkops (Reply 5):
We have customs available 9-5 M-F... however, we do not let people off unless its for medical reasons... more than likely the aircraft was parked on the remote ramp and not even brought up to gate.

Not a really good day for the passengers on US 729 today... After an 8+ hour flight, they land in a different airport, parked on a remote stand for at least 3 hours (flightaware shows the ACY-PHL is still on ground), most of them must have already missed the connections... and, I guess the crew are running out of hours?

When/If they run out of hours, can they let a new crew on to the plane, or would they have to disembark? In that case, and if customs are only available 9am to 5pm, what happens?
 
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RE: US729 LHR-PHL Diverts To ACY Today 06APR

Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:19 pm

Quoting downtown273 (Reply 7):
When/If they run out of hours, can they let a new crew on to the plane, or would they have to disembark? In that case, and if customs are only available 9am to 5pm, what happens?

Since the aircraft landed before 5pm.. customs would remain until it departs. If they had to change crews, customs would be able to clear the crew coming off. Keep in mind, ACY only has private planes that are int'l, so we only have one customs person on each day, so clearing a plane with 200+ pax would take a long time, plus we have no where to clear them yet (FIS bldg wont be done til next summer.)
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RE: US729 LHR-PHL Diverts To ACY Today 06APR

Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:24 pm

Quoting aviators99 (Reply 6):
Well, the President is there, but I wouldn't think that would create a total ground stop???

Yes...it could.

 
 
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RE: US729 LHR-PHL Diverts To ACY Today 06APR

Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:34 pm

Quoting hiflyer (Reply 9):
Yes...it could.

Under nominal circumstances?
 
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RE: US729 LHR-PHL Diverts To ACY Today 06APR

Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:48 pm

Air Traffic Control And Air Force One (by AviationLaw May 10 2002 in Tech Ops)

Might check here.
 
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RE: US729 LHR-PHL Diverts To ACY Today 06APR

Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:48 pm

Looks like BAW67 from LHR diverted to ACY as well.
 
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RE: US729 LHR-PHL Diverts To ACY Today 06APR

Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:05 pm

Quoting aviators99 (Reply 6):
Well, the President is there, but I wouldn't think that would create a total ground stop???

Aha. You have the answer. I wondered what "security" meant for a groundstop at PHL.

What a joke.

Thousands of people are screwed out of their plans for the next 24 hours because of one airplane, again.
 
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RE: US729 LHR-PHL Diverts To ACY Today 06APR

Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:08 pm

Hope this extra info helps...BUT...

This morning there were ships in the harbour, which halted use of RWY 35 (the regional reliever rwy). By the time the ships moved off, Obama had landed causing a ground stop. They were just getting it cleared, when it was time for him to leave, apparently he took an extra 15min then was expected... This caused an extended ground stop, which when cleared, only led to another ground stop to clear the backlog hovering above...so PHL was a slight mess all day...

We had a few flights, take over a 60min delay....however, this is FAR from the worst PHL can experience on any given day.

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