DL ATL-HNL 3/26/21 diverted to LAX

Old Mar 26, 21, 8:10 pm
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DL ATL-HNL 3/26/21 diverted to LAX

DL 1186 ATL-HNL diverted to LAX. The news reports that the diversion was due to an oil leak. It was about halfway between LAX and HNL. So close. Yet so far.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/...435Z/KATL/KLAX

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Old Mar 26, 21, 10:17 pm
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Originally Posted by Finkface View Post
DL 1186 ATL-HNL diverted to LAX. The news reports that the diversion was due to an oil leak. It was about halfway between LAX and HNL. So close. Yet so far.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/...435Z/KATL/KLAX

That is one long day, once all of the issues gets handled.
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Old Mar 26, 21, 10:19 pm
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Wow that would be frustrating. Looks like they really were halfway, probably an operational decision to turn around (easier to repair and more replacement planes at LAX)
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Old Mar 26, 21, 10:24 pm
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That is one long day, once all of the issues gets handled.
Looks like they're putting everyone up for the night. Special flight DL9905 LAX-HNL scheduled to depart tomorrow at 7am
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Old Mar 26, 21, 10:58 pm
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Wow that would be frustrating. Looks like they really were halfway, probably an operational decision to turn around (easier to repair and more replacement planes at LAX)
ETOPS procedures are “land at the nearest suitable airport”; maintenance/repair considerations don’t enter into the decision (basically, there are defined points on the route at which the divert point changes; once they pass the last one, the crew has to continue to the destination)

Originally Posted by kjnangre View Post
Looks like they're putting everyone up for the night. Special flight DL9905 LAX-HNL scheduled to depart tomorrow at 7am
per FR24, it’s the same jet (N840MH)
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Old Mar 26, 21, 11:16 pm
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Originally Posted by jrl767 View Post
ETOPS procedures are “land at the nearest suitable airport”; maintenance/repair considerations don’t enter into the decision (basically, there are defined points on the route at which the divert point changes; once they pass the last one, the crew has to continue to the destination)
SFO was closer than LAX. Last time I checked, SFO can accommodate a 767 . I think operational factors did enter into the equation. It's not like there was smoke in the cockpit (in that case I agree, nearest runway period). Edit: Appears they might have started heading for SFO and then redirected to LAX along the way

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per FR24, it’s the same jet (N840MH)
Ya I noticed that too, guess they're confident in being able to repair it overnight

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Old Mar 26, 21, 11:42 pm
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I was on one of these "flights to nowhere" once. ATL-MUC which diverted as we started to cross the North Atlantic past Canada due to one of the hydraulic systems having issues. Initially, the captain was instructed to divert to JFK. But was then told to go all the way back to ATL. It wasn't as long as this 10 hour ordeal (was closer to 8 hours). But definitely very frustrating (especially when the voucher for the Quality Inn at ATL I was given at 2AM was no good because it was full).
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Old Mar 26, 21, 11:50 pm
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interesting that the crew can apparently change the divert destination after the mandatory decision to divert

in this case, “oil leak” is probably due to something like an O-ring seal, which is a fairly routine repair
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Old Mar 27, 21, 6:00 am
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No biggie. It's all ball bearings nowadays, just fix the fetzer valve and get back in the air. (don't make me explain this :-)
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Old Mar 27, 21, 7:08 am
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Maybe the fix didnt go well.

Looks like DL9905 was switched to N837MH overnight. The diverted plane is headed to JFK now.
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Old Mar 27, 21, 8:25 am
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Originally Posted by kjnangre View Post
Wow that would be frustrating. Looks like they really were halfway, probably an operational decision to turn around (easier to repair and more replacement planes at LAX)
The halfway point isn't based on distance, it is based on time. Winds would generally be out of the west so the changeover point would be closer to Hawaii than the mainland.

The divert may have been to LAX from the start. ATC clearance across the existing tracks can be difficult due to it being a non-RADAR environment. The options are to wait or descend below the organized track system. That decision would be made based on information that we don't have.
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Old Mar 27, 21, 8:49 am
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Originally Posted by pfreet View Post
No biggie. It's all ball bearings nowadays, just fix the fetzer valve and get back in the air. (don't make me explain this :-)
I think it's the bypass line
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Old Mar 27, 21, 9:05 am
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Feel sorry for these folks - wouldn’t their 72 hours in advance of arrival Covid tests now all be invalid to arrive at HNL without quarantine?
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Old Mar 27, 21, 9:49 am
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Originally Posted by HeadInTheClouds View Post
Feel sorry for these folks - wouldn’t their 72 hours in advance of arrival Covid tests now all be invalid to arrive at HNL without quarantine?
No the state accepts test >72 hours if the flight is delayed due to the airline.
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Old Mar 27, 21, 9:54 am
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No the state accepts test >72 hours if the flight is delayed due to the airline.
Good to know!
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