I had airport pick up duty last night in Seattle, and got to the airport at around midnight. I was rather tired after a 20-hour day, and thought my eyes were failing me when I saw an ANA 777 parked at a gate. For one, ANA usually flies 787s to Seattle, but more importantly the flight departs at noon, so this would signify a ~12 hour delay.
I hopped online this morning to see what was really going on, and was surprised to find that this was actually a diversion. Apparently it was due to an “injured passenger,” and due to the new flight arrival time (and curfew) they landed at Tokyo Haneda Airport instead of Tokyo Narita Airport.
Check out the flight status on ANA’s website:
So the flight left New York at 4:57PM eastern time and landed in Seattle at 10:35PM pacific time (1:35AM on the eastern time). That’s over 8hr30min!
What’s most surprising is the flight path per FlightAware:
And while I’m in absolutely no way questioning the actions of the crew, I find their diversion to Seattle interesting. It seems like they were way “up there,” and much closer to Anchorage than Seattle.
If nothing else, the fact that the flight took 8hr30min suggests the diversion took at least three or so hours. Again, I’m sure they made the right decision, but anyone know more about the thought process in this case? Or even why they’d divert to Seattle vs. Vancouver, which is marginally closer? Maybe if the crew went “illegal” they’d swap out the flight attendants with those that are supposed to work the 787, or something? But if any crew members needed to be swapped out I would guess it’s the pilots, and they can’t just switch between 787s and 777s. Which makes me wonder how this crew stayed on for ~20 hours of duty time.
Hopefully the injured passenger is alright! Was anyone on this flight (or knows someone that was on it) and can share their experience?