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LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:53 pm
by AirbusOnly
https://www.flightradar24.com/DLH440/ed1251d

Seems they are going back to FRA right now, after making u-turn over Iceland. Is IAH still closed - or any other reason? Don't look like a diversion.

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:08 pm
by thomasphoto60
AirbusOnly wrote:
https://www.flightradar24.com/DLH440/ed1251d

Seems they are going back to FRA right now, after making u-turn over Iceland. Is IAD still closed - or any other reason? Don't look like a diversion.

Nope, IAH is open. Possibly a medical issue.

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:21 pm
by MalevTU134
thomasphoto60 wrote:
AirbusOnly wrote:
https://www.flightradar24.com/DLH440/ed1251d

Seems they are going back to FRA right now, after making u-turn over Iceland. Is IAD still closed - or any other reason? Don't look like a diversion.

Nope, IAH is open. Possibly a medical issue.

I would say anything BUT a medical issue. If that was the case, KEF would be the obvious diversion.

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:55 pm
by thomasphoto60
MalevTU134 wrote:
thomasphoto60 wrote:
AirbusOnly wrote:
https://www.flightradar24.com/DLH440/ed1251d

Seems they are going back to FRA right now, after making u-turn over Iceland. Is IAD still closed - or any other reason? Don't look like a diversion.

Nope, IAH is open. Possibly a medical issue.

I would say anything BUT a medical issue. If that was the case, KEF would be the obvious diversion.

Yeah, last time I checked it was over Scotland, very curious

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:08 pm
by Samuel1
Currently passing west of AMS, anyone know the cause?

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:10 pm
by 8598033649
Lufthansa website only shows divert to EDDF ( Fra) ?

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:28 pm
by pksundevil
Perhaps an immigration issue? Some people on board that weren't going to be allowed into the US?

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:31 pm
by GianiDC
Probably a minor technical issue that nevertheless prohibits a continuation of the journey. They fly all the way back to FRA because of ideal maintenance facilities there

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:31 pm
by 2Holer4Longhaul
pksundevil wrote:
Perhaps an immigration issue? Some people on board that weren't going to be allowed into the US?

I should expect any Schengen country would suffice for that.

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:36 pm
by SuperSix2
Radio failure

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:46 pm
by B747forever
Should land in the next 10 minutes or so. Total airborne time close to 6hrs 15min. Feel sorry for the pax.

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:58 pm
by ibhalla
AirbusOnly wrote:
https://www.flightradar24.com/DLH440/ed1251d

Seems they are going back to FRA right now, after making u-turn over Iceland. Is IAH still closed - or any other reason? Don't look like a diversion.

IAH is open, and LH is flying there--I saw 440 land in IAH just the other day. It would NOT be a medical emergency because then they would've diverted to Keflavik. On FR24 now it said that it diverted to FRA. It's 9/11 btw....

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:04 pm
by NickLAX
Comments on status:

DOLH440/11SEP
* OPERATIONAL FLIGHT INFO * LH 440 0 MO 11SEP17
CITY INFO HOUR (LOCAL)

FRA AIRCRAFT FORCED TO RETURN
FLIGHT CANCELLED 0728
*1A PLANNED FLIGHT INFO* LH 440 0 MO 11SEP17 ASM

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:56 pm
by Blotto
GianiDC wrote:
Probably a minor technical issue that nevertheless prohibits a continuation of the journey. They fly all the way back to FRA because of ideal maintenance facilities there


We have a winner. LH already has a A380 stranded in the US. I guess they feel that this is enough. So technical issues are better solved in FRA

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:03 pm
by stevemat11
Blotto wrote:
GianiDC wrote:
Probably a minor technical issue that nevertheless prohibits a continuation of the journey. They fly all the way back to FRA because of ideal maintenance facilities there


We have a winner. LH already has a A380 stranded in the US. I guess they feel that this is enough. So technical issues are better solved in FRA



Is it stranded in JFK? I saw it parked near the end of 13R yesterday. Any idea why?

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:24 pm
by NichCage
So airlines are still operating at HOU and IAH?

Have any airlines announced suspensions of Houston flights?

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:30 pm
by ChrisKen
SuperSix2 wrote:
Radio failure

That'd be continue on filed route as planned, not make the controllers guess, particularly in procedural airspace.

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:41 pm
by thomasphoto60
NichCage wrote:
So airlines are still operating at HOU and IAH?

Have any airlines announced suspensions of Houston flights?

AFAIK, IAH and HOU are fully operational and no cancellations or suspensions unless someone knows otherwise.

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:06 pm
by IAHWorldflyer
Both IAH and HOU opened to traffic on Thursday 8/31 at 16:00 local time. Full operations resumed by Tuesday, 9/05.

I feel sorry for those passengers on this flight. You're halfway across the North Atlantic track, and then perform a turnaround. It was also unusual the flight plan on return did not overfly UK airspace, as would have been normal, but instead flew south down the North Sea.

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:06 pm
by springtx
NichCage wrote:
So airlines are still operating at HOU and IAH?

Have any airlines announced suspensions of Houston flights?


Why would any airline suspend flights to IAH?

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:28 pm
by Aeroflot777
NichCage wrote:
So airlines are still operating at HOU and IAH? Have any airlines announced suspensions of Houston flights?


For what reason would they do that?