|Quoting tan1mill (Thread starter):|
I was told it came in due to mechanical issues but I'm wondering why they would divert to PVU when SLC is only another 10-15 minutes of flight time away and has the maintenance facilities to deal with mechanical issues?
Sometimes when something goes wrong the pilots go to a manual called the Quick Response Handbook. There is a checklist in the book for every single thing the manufacturer can think of. And some times, at the end of the checklist, is a line saying "Land at the NEAREST SUITABLE Airport."
Nearest Suitable means NEAREST suitable. Not nearest maintenance base, not nearest convenient airport, not the nearest airport you can accomodate passengers, not nearest airport you can takeoff again from. It means the nearest airport with a piece of concrete able to support the landing at current weather and load. Lives and planes have been lost because the pilots/dispatchers wanted to get the plane into a hub/mx base for a convenient fix when nearest suitable could probably save the lives.
|Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 2):|
or maybe they used it as an excuse to divert to get a mechanic back from PVU to SLC. That could legitimately be called a maintenance related concern if that guy was required to certify something urgently. Stranger things have happened.
Not likely. If they sent the mechanic to Provo from the ground, he would have driven back. If they flown him out, he would have rode back on the same plane. For SKW to divert a plane while flying on behalf of Delta just to pick someone/something up is unthinkable, and probably get severe backlashes from Delta.
Besides what's at Provo that's not at SLC
JPS on A300-600RF A319/320 B737-400/800 B757-200F B767-300F CRJ-200/900. Looking to add more.