Imagine - You’re on A Delta 767 enroute from Beijing China heading to Seattle Washington when you have an engine failure. You’re unable reach Coldbay, King Salmon, or Anchorage Alaska so where do you go?
Well Delta just recently had this issued and decided to head to Eareckson Air Station. Shemya Island is home to Eareckson Air Station which is maintained by the 611th Air Support operating the COBRADAME. Along with several contractors who keep the 10 thousand foot runway Open. Shemya is one of the main diverting fields for Asia-N.American flights. The Delta 767 did land successfully and Delta is sending Another jet up to rescue it’s passengers!
I could assume the only thing that required the aircraft to divert is that it’s a 767 and isn’t as fuel efficient and would be burning too much fuel with that one engine. Also they might’ve wanted to take precautions, I’m not sure what kind of indications they were getting in the cockpit
Oh I’m certain they would divert Depending On the Circumstances if they were getting abnormal indications than it’s safer to divert. We don’t know what went on in the cockpit yet or why they choose on divert! You also don’t know if a 787 would divert (even if one has before) because it depends on the situation, they’re not all the same!!
You’re right, I was just trying to answer @KPIT question that the plane wouldn’t always have to divert (could safely make it to a larger airport/destination) but likely would be diverted out of an abundance of caution