tan1mill
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DL 4753 Ontario - Salt Lake Diverted To Provo

Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:52 pm

Today Delta flight 4753 operated by Skywest from Ontario, CA to Salt Lake City was diverted to Provo, Utah. It was on the ground for only about 45 minutes and then continued on to SLC. 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? Any help would be appreciated in figuring it out what the problem was and why they went to Provo.
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RE: DL 4753 Ontario - Salt Lake Diverted To Provo

Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:08 am

It must have been something the PIC felt needed to get them on the ground ASAP
 
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RE: DL 4753 Ontario - Salt Lake Diverted To Provo

Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:15 am

Quoting LV (Reply 1):
It must have been something the PIC felt needed to get them on the ground ASAP

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.

It was more likely that it was something like a sensor reading an error message that required him to land, but only required a quick clean or replacement, then straight back on their way.
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RE: DL 4753 Ontario - Salt Lake Diverted To Provo

Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:06 am

Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 2):

Yeah, or not.
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RE: DL 4753 Ontario - Salt Lake Diverted To Provo

Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:43 pm

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?
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RE: DL 4753 Ontario - Salt Lake Diverted To Provo

Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:47 pm

Quoting bluewhale18210 (Reply 4):
Not likely. If they sent the mechanic to Provo from the ground, he would have driven back.

Not to mention that there's no reason for them to have a mechanic at Provo since A) there's no service there, and B) SLC is right down the road.
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