jc2354
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Info US141 ANC-PHX, Acars Info?

Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:34 pm

US Airways 141, 17 Sept, departed PANC at 02:15 LCL for nonstop to PHX. 25 minutes into the flight they reached 33,000 ft. 17 minutes later, they started a 9 minute descent to 25,000 ft. 11 minutes later there was another descent to 23,000 ft. Another 18 minutes later, another descent to 21,000 ft., and showing a diversion to Seattle. And now they have begun a descent to 19,000 ft, and due into SEA at 06:10 LCL

I don't know if there is pressurization problems, maybe an engine shutdown. It isn't a medical, as surely they would have went back to Anchorage or headed to Juneau. Anyone have access to ACARS or other sources that might have some additional information? I called US Airways, at first they said it was on time, then put me on hold for about 10 minutes and told me yes it was diverting but didn't have any further information.

Thanks for the help.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/A.../history/20110917/0951ZZ/PANC/KSEA
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RE: Info US141 ANC-PHX, Acars Info?

Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:00 am

Far more likely than a medical or mechanical situation, would be the possibility of an 'unscheduled' fuel stop.
Perhaps that particular morning saw less than favorable winds, or an exceptionally heavy cargo load out of ANC.
Any number of possibilities, but it happens from time to time with US on this PHX/ANC/PHX run.

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RE: Info US141 ANC-PHX, Acars Info?

Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:51 pm

Quoting Yukon880 (Reply 1):
Far more likely than a medical or mechanical situation, would be the possibility of an 'unscheduled' fuel stop.

It was mechanical. Excerpt from the Transport Canada daily occurrence report for September 17.

At 1135z, the HD controller was advised by the ANC supervisor that the US Airways Airbus A320 operating flight AWE141, originally filed IFR Anchorage (PANC) to Phoenix, AZ (KPHX), had "lost one of their hydraulics, were not declaring an emergency at the time, and would divert and land at Seattle (KSEA)". Flight AWE141 checked in with Vancouver Area Control Centre (VR ACC) at 1148z. While enroute to KSEA, the pilot requested lower altitudes to burn fuel and at 1246z declared an emergency with 15,000 lbs of fuel remaining and 158 persons on board. Approximately three minutes later the aircraft was transferred to KSEA Air Route Traffic Control Centre (ARTCC). No further action was required by VR ACC. No operational impact.
 
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RE: Info US141 ANC-PHX, Acars Info?

Sat Oct 01, 2011 2:52 am

... and mechanicals also happen.
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RE: Info US141 ANC-PHX, Acars Info?

Sun Oct 02, 2011 7:22 pm

Only 15K of fuel onboard at this point? He sure seems to have burned a lot.
Typical fuel load from ANC-SEA is between 27K-33K lbs of fuel. This would bring you in with 8k or so remaining.
For a flight that was going ANC-PHX, he would have burned a significant amount of fuel it seems.
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RE: Info US141 ANC-PHX, Acars Info?

Mon Oct 03, 2011 5:18 am

Quoting rydawg82 (Reply 4):

I agree with you there!
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RE: Info US141 ANC-PHX, Acars Info?

Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:15 pm

Quoting rydawg82 (Reply 4):
Only 15K of fuel onboard at this point? He sure seems to have burned a lot.
Typical fuel load from ANC-SEA is between 27K-33K lbs of fuel. This would bring you in with 8k or so remaining.
For a flight that was going ANC-PHX, he would have burned a significant amount of fuel it seems.
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 2):
Flight AWE141 checked in with Vancouver Area Control Centre (VR ACC) at 1148z. While enroute to KSEA, the pilot requested lower altitudes to burn fuel and at 1246z declared an emergency with 15,000 lbs of fuel remaining and 158 persons on board.

15k Fuel remaining after an hour of burning higher volumes at lower altitudes.  

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RE: Info US141 ANC-PHX, Acars Info?

Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:17 pm

Thanks for all the information, I certainly appreciate it.

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