AAL18 - 9 hour transcon?


#1

flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL1 … 72013/KIAD

At 5:19am EST I got a FlightAlert for an AA 762 heading from “SAC172013” to KIAD.

I received another FlightAlert approx. 9 hours later indicating it had landed at KIAD.

The flight normally flies KSFO-KJFK at a different time of day.

  • What is SAC172013?

  • Why 9 hours instead of a more typical 4.5?

  • If this is a diversion, why was it known 9 hours in advance?

  • If this is a diversion, why isn’t it shown that way on the tracking history?

  • The history says “result unknown” but I got an alert saying it had landed.

http://concord977.smugmug.com/Other/Temporary/AAL18/980156127_ENidc-X2.jpg

http://concord977.smugmug.com/Other/Temporary/AAL182/980156095_veL75-X2.jpg

http://concord977.smugmug.com/Other/Temporary/AAL18MAP/980169849_mHW25-X2.jpg


#2

When you look at the link you posted, it looks like it landed at JFK, not IAD… strange.


#3

SAC172013 is the Sacramento VOR on a 172 degree radial at 13 nautical miles.

Looks like two aircraft in the air at the same time with the same identification.

We’ll look into the underlying issues.


#4

AA18 was a “ground interrupt”. It left the gate, but before takeoff, crew got a low oil quantity light, so it went back to gate to get oil serviced on both engines. Scheduled departure=2315, actual departure= 0001.
Scheduled arrival = 0740, actual=0832. Gate to gate time=5 hours 31 minutes.