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Delta flight from South Africa to Atlanta has been diverted to Boston for “technical specifications”

A Delta Airlines flight takes off past a U.S. flag in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., May 27, 2021.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Nov. 28 (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) said a flight from South Africa to the United States was temporarily diverted from Atlanta to Boston on Sunday for technical reasons.

Flight 201, an Airbus A350, from Johannesburg was originally scheduled to arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday, but was instead routed to Logan International Airport in Boston, Delta said.

The hijacking “has to do with the technical specifications of our A350 aircraft and the payload of that particular flight,” the company said in an email.

“This can happen on ultra-long-haul flights when optimal operating conditions cannot be met,” he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration told Reuters it would investigate the situation.

The flight, which was originally scheduled to land in Atlanta at 8:15 a.m. EST (12:15 GMT), was rescheduled to land in Boston at 9:27 a.m. before departing for Atlanta at 10:40 a.m., it said.

The company did not cite the recently discovered Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which was detected in South Africa, as the reason for the temporary hijacking.

More than a dozen passengers on a flight from Johannesburg to Schiphol that landed on Friday have tested positive for the new variant, Dutch authorities said on Sunday.

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