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Delta 129 SEA-PEK diversion to Hohhot, China (HET)

Fri May 17, 2019 9:47 pm

Looks like DL129 operating SEA-PEK has diverted to HET due to a mechanical issue. Ship 1611 is the offending aircraft.
 
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Re: Delta 129 SEA-PEK diversion to Hohhot, China (HET)

Fri May 17, 2019 9:51 pm

Why would they not go to PEK? HET is ~250 miles further west.
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Re: Delta 129 SEA-PEK diversion to Hohhot, China (HET)

Fri May 17, 2019 10:38 pm

EvanWSFO wrote:
Why would they not go to PEK? HET is ~250 miles further west.


FR24 shows it circling SW of PEK for a while. Seems odd they’d circle SW of PEK and then divert to HET got a mechanical.
 
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Re: Delta 129 SEA-PEK diversion to Hohhot, China (HET)

Fri May 17, 2019 10:41 pm

PEK had plenty of weather diversion local time 17/05 evening and many domestic flights were on hold at destination or cancelled...
 
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Re: Delta 129 SEA-PEK diversion to Hohhot, China (HET)

Fri May 17, 2019 10:47 pm

jrkmsp wrote:
EvanWSFO wrote:
Why would they not go to PEK? HET is ~250 miles further west.


FR24 shows it circling SW of PEK for a while. Seems odd they’d circle SW of PEK and then divert to HET got a mechanical.


Not really. The weather in Beijing at that time was reportedly very bad. They chose HET probably at ATC request, for TSN or other larger nearby airports may have been clogged up enough.
 
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Re: Delta 129 SEA-PEK diversion to Hohhot, China (HET)

Sat May 18, 2019 1:52 am

B1168 wrote:
jrkmsp wrote:
EvanWSFO wrote:
Why would they not go to PEK? HET is ~250 miles further west.


FR24 shows it circling SW of PEK for a while. Seems odd they’d circle SW of PEK and then divert to HET got a mechanical.


Not really. The weather in Beijing at that time was reportedly very bad. They chose HET probably at ATC request, for TSN or other larger nearby airports may have been clogged up enough.


OK, makes sense. Thanks.
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Re: Delta 129 SEA-PEK diversion to Hohhot, China (HET)

Sat May 18, 2019 2:33 am

777Mech wrote:
Looks like DL129 operating SEA-PEK has diverted to HET due to a mechanical issue. Ship 1611 is the offending aircraft.


Does not sound like a mechanical diversion.
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Re: Delta 129 SEA-PEK diversion to Hohhot, China (HET)

Sat May 18, 2019 4:12 am

zeke wrote:
777Mech wrote:
Looks like DL129 operating SEA-PEK has diverted to HET due to a mechanical issue. Ship 1611 is the offending aircraft.


Does not sound like a mechanical diversion.


It was. Pitot tube issue. Hence why they didn't return back to PEK.
 
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Re: Delta 129 SEA-PEK diversion to Hohhot, China (HET)

Sat May 18, 2019 4:27 am

Nope, the reason for not going to PEK like the many other aircraft that also diverted that day was Wx related, going to HET would not change the fact a pitot was inop. Not being able to depart HET would be Mx related.
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Re: Delta 129 SEA-PEK diversion to Hohhot, China (HET)

Sat May 18, 2019 9:46 pm

zeke wrote:
Nope, the reason for not going to PEK like the many other aircraft that also diverted that day was Wx related, going to HET would not change the fact a pitot was inop. Not being able to depart HET would be Mx related.


Internally it was coded as a maintenance diversion/no ice operations. They also had more than enough fuel to hold, and thre was hardly any holding done.
 
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Re: Delta 129 SEA-PEK diversion to Hohhot, China (HET)

Sun May 19, 2019 2:45 am

1989worstyear wrote:
Typical 767...


Yeah, a 1989 built A320 has never diverted for weather or mechanical (if it really was that, which is in question.)

Only ever happens to airplane models rolled out before 1989.
 
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Re: Delta 129 SEA-PEK diversion to Hohhot, China (HET)

Sun May 19, 2019 3:59 am

BoeingGuy wrote:

Yeah, a 1989 built A320 has never diverted for weather or mechanical (if it really was that, which is in question.)

Only ever happens to airplane models rolled out before 1989.


I think most of the aircraft the diverted that day would have been newer. If it had been an A320, they would have had parts there as they are very frequent visitor and been underway again in under an hour. A 767 is rare sight in China, don’t think HET ever sees them regularly, lots of 737s and A320 series.
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Re: Delta 129 SEA-PEK diversion to Hohhot, China (HET)

Sun May 19, 2019 4:01 am

zeke wrote:
BoeingGuy wrote:

Yeah, a 1989 built A320 has never diverted for weather or mechanical (if it really was that, which is in question.)

Only ever happens to airplane models rolled out before 1989.


I think most of the aircraft the diverted that day would have been newer. If it had been an A320, they would have had parts there as they are very frequent visitor and been underway again in under an hour. A 767 is rare sight in China, don’t think HET ever sees them regularly, lots of 737s and A320 series.


Yes, I was specifically responding to a comment a previous poster made implying the diversion was the fault of it being a 767 designed before that magical year of 1989.

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