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#1

I am looking at swa732 on 3 Dec 08 (in progress)
what should be a flight from phx to sna has instead the plane going back and forth.
A 10:34 shows an actual 10:08 departure, and 49 minutes into a 89 minute flight (normally 59 minutes) has the plane heading back to PHX.

Any idea how to find out what’s happening?

I’d post a picture of what I see, but I can’t figure it out (yet)

Thanks.

Mike


#2

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/SWA732/history/20081203/1734Z/KPHX/KSNA

Looks like a glitch.


#3

Hi,

Thanks for replying.

A glitch on whose part, though?

A 60 minute flight turns into 90 something minutes. I’m only following this flight because my wife and I will be riding on this plane in a couple of weeks. I thought it might be fun to follow it. However, today’s flight path was weird. This was the first time, in the limited time I log in, I had seen something such as that.

thanks again.

Mike


#4

Probably a typo by the controller marking the wrong flight as departed, then the radar positions coming from both flights caused the back and forth pattern on the map.


#5

Controllers don’t “mark as departed”. The transponder in the aircraft does it. It could have been a wrong transponder code entered by the flight crew ( stuff happens, ya know) and the wrong data tag was then associated to the aircraft.