FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2807 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2189 times:
Sometimes, depending on loads and weather, the relatively short runways at Burbank require the JetBlue flights to stop somewhere en route to JFK in order to pick up more fuel. I have no information about this specific occurrence, but the short (less than an hour according to Flightaware.com) time on the ground would be consistent with a fuel stop or a medical emergency, as opposed to a mechanical problem.
The route that he's on is the normal routing for a BUR-PHX flight, so it doesn't look like a diversion, per se.
A fuelstop is certainly a possibility, but based on the times mentioned in the flightaware item, that's hardly the hotest part of the day, unless BUR had the misfortune to be using runway 33 which gives some terribly low takeoff weights. I can't look at METARs that far back, but I see no other info to suggest BUR was on 33. LAS would have been closer for fuelstop purposes as well. An inop anti-skid would also produce some low takeoff weights out of BUR..
It could have been a "flagstop" to pick-up some PHX-JFK passengers stranded from a delayed/cancelled flight...
Flyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1955 times:
that wasn't a planned stop by any means, look how far north the a/c was at the time of the diversion. if the flight was planned bur-phx, the a/c would have hit the pmd vor and then straight east to hector and drake for the phx arrival unless they could have routed direct over needles. in the 15 years this is the only route we have ever taken, except for one flight when HP had their late return which was about 9pm back about 6-7 years ago and after takeoff we made an immediate left turn and climb out towars ontario and then upward over psp.