Go-arounds/diversions handled incorrectly


On a recent flight I made several attempts to land at my destination airport but weather was not cooperating, so I diverted to a nearby airport. However both FlightAware and another ASDI vendor showed my flight as terminating at the original airport. Only one landing attempt was displayed. I can imagine that the FAA’s Host computers generated an AZ (arrival message) for the first landing attempt. But I find it hard to believe that there were no subsequent TZs (position reports) while I flew around and diverted.

I wish I could see all ASDI messages, not just TZs, for a given tail number for some time period (say a whole day).


I’ve noticed also that although an arrival message was received at a certain time, the list of position reports by the minute shows reports up to 10 or 15 minutes after the “arrival.”


Here are some examples of planes diverting and not handled correctly…

flightaware.com/live/flight/N426 … /KPWM/KGRR

flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL1 … /KPHX/KORD


Even if a “divert” message was not properly entered by the FAA, you can generally surmise what must have happened from the data of the next flight.


This flight departed ORD enroute to AZO, held over AZO, then returned to ORD yet FA shows it as arrived into AZO.

flightaware.com/live/flight/SKW6 … /KORD/KAZO

This plane diverted to BTL yet once again, FA shows it enroute to AZO eventhough it landed at BTL an hour ago.

flightaware.com/live/flight/KFS7 … /KCMH/KAZO

:confused: :confused:


The first one looks fine to me. The flight path very obviously shows that the plane held over AZO for a while and then goes back towards ORD. The “Destination” is not going to automatically change, that was in fast the destination listed on the flight plan, it doesn’t mean the airplane landed there.
Besides, what’s your point? It’s been said before a hundred times, FlightAware gets its info from the FAA, and the FAA just lists whatever is shown on the flight plan.


Im4point: didn’t you see the “result unknown” for the arrival time. In case you don’t know how to use the FAQ’s and in case you didn’t see the question mark at the end of “result unknown,”, here’s the explanation (emphasis mine):

What does “result unknown” mean? (Back To Top)
It means that the estimated arrival time of the flight has passed without FlightAware marking the flight as “arrived.” There are the most likely reasons why this happened:

* The aircraft left the coverage area of the FAA and FlightAware is no longer receiving updates
* **The FAA did not send an arrival message for a flight, which is rare.**
* FlightAware did not receive or lost the arrival message, although this is even more rare.