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UAL42 IAD-FCO Just Turned Around over Nantucket...

Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:42 am

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Returned to IAD - and has been sitting at the end of the runway for 30+ minutes. Any idea why they bailed on the trip to Rome?
 
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Re: UAL42 IAD-FCO Just Turned Around over Nantucket...

Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:22 am

check the united app/website for the reason.
 
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Re: UAL42 IAD-FCO Just Turned Around over Nantucket...

Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:35 am

Thank you, rnav2dlrey. I had done this and it provided no information about the cause. Re-checking it now shows a 7 hour and 25 minute delay and "UA 42: We assigned your flight new crew members, and they are now scheduled to arrive in time for a 12:45am departure. We know this lengthy delay wasn't in your plans today, so we really appreciate your continued patience." Not only was a 7+ hour delay not in the plans, but a 2-hour sightseeing tour of Nantucket (and back!) wasn't either! ;)

I was just curious why the U-turn. I'm guessing mechanical (low urgency) - but it was odd that the plane sat at the end of the runway right after landing for over an hour.
 
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Re: UAL42 IAD-FCO Just Turned Around over Nantucket...

Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:38 am

rnav2dlrey wrote:
check the united app/website for the reason.


The United app says:

UA 42: We assigned your flight new crew members, and they are now scheduled to arrive in time for a 12:45am departure. We know this lengthy delay wasn't in your plans today, so we really appreciate your continued patience.
Departure: Delayed (7 hrs 25 mins)
UA 42
Estimated: 12:45 AM

It doesn't give a reason.
 
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Re: UAL42 IAD-FCO Just Turned Around over Nantucket...

Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:02 am

It is safe to assume a turn around is either for mechanical or medical issues.
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Re: UAL42 IAD-FCO Just Turned Around over Nantucket...

Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:12 am

It sat at the end of the runway due to an emergency landing causing hot brakes. It needed to be towed back to the gate.
 
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Re: UAL42 IAD-FCO Just Turned Around over Nantucket...

Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:18 am

Thank you for the insight! I watch and track the European-bound flights over me in Connecticut and Cape Cod and was fascinated to see the diversion. Thank you for your replies.
 
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Re: UAL42 IAD-FCO Just Turned Around over Nantucket...

Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:19 am

Thread title sounds like the first line of a dirty limerick...
 
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Re: UAL42 IAD-FCO Just Turned Around over Nantucket...

Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:23 am

Who wants to place bets on which "news" agency blows this out of proportion first?

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Re: UAL42 IAD-FCO Just Turned Around over Nantucket...

Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:39 am

Checked the status for tomorrow’s UA43:

UA 43: Your inbound plane is delayed because of fluid system maintenance in Washington Dulles that resulted in a plane change, and is now expected to arrive at 2:58pm. We're sorry for this inconvenience, and your patience is greatly appreciated. Your estimated departure time is now 4:25pm.
 
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Re: UAL42 IAD-FCO Just Turned Around over Nantucket...

Sat Oct 26, 2019 10:53 pm

Asuflyer05 - Nice job of figuring this out! Thanks a ton! Mystery solved. :)
 
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Re: UAL42 IAD-FCO Just Turned Around over Nantucket...

Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:01 am

Fuel pump issues is what I was told.

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