I noticed a 727 operated as Cargojet Flight 325 from Vancouver Int’l (CYVR) to Abbotsford Int’l (CYXX) turned back around for some reason, and even descended to 300ft and 400ft at two separate points in the middle of nowhere while seemingly “holding”. Can anyone figure out what might have been going on with this flight?
The flight is here:
flightaware.com/live/flight/CJT3 … /CYVR/CYXX
The flight data:
flightaware.com/live/flight/CJT3 … X/tracklog
16 minutes into the flight, the aircraft descended from cruise of 4000ft to 300ft, then quickly ascended up to 3000ft, turned around, and descended back down again to 400ft (25 minutes into the flight) before ascending back up to 4000ft before landing at 4:43pm PST. By mapping the latitude and longitude coordinates i determined these two points to be at:
On an actual map, the points are here. As you can see, the points are well below the airport. The aircraft was traveling East at 300ft and 400ft respectively when it descended at these two points.
Can anyone tell me what happened to this flight? Why would the aircraft descend to 300 and 400ft in the middle of nowhere before turning back to the departure airport? I listened to the liveATC recording during takeoff and eventual landing from Vancouver and there was no mention of an emergency when the pilots communicated with the ground. Unfortunately liveATC doesn’t cover Abbotsford so i couldn’t listen as the aircraft was in it’s hold and descending during those two points.
Any help is appreciated!