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AC31 YYZ-PEK On 02/08  
User currently offlineQ400 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 80 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2187 times:

With the snowstorm in YYZ on Feb. 8, many flights were delayed or canx. For the AC31 flight from YYZ-PEK, it appeared that it tookoff around 6pm. Looking at Flightaware, it appears the airplane went up to Northern Canada and diverted back to YEG at around 2300 Feb. 8. It then took off around 1530 Feb. 9 from YEG-PEK.

Does anyone know why the flight was diverted to YEG?

Thanks.

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User currently offlineyegger From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1962 times:
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Medical emergency. No idea about the reason for the lengthy delay on the ground in YEG though? Crew duty time issue?

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24868 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1585 times:

Quoting yegger (Reply 1):
Medical emergency. No idea about the reason for the lengthy delay on the ground in YEG though? Crew duty time issue?

That was no doubt the reason. If you look at the routing in Flightaware, they were roughly 1,800 nm north of Toronto when they diverted, with another roughly 1,400 nm to YEG.
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/A...1/history/20130208/1930Z/CYYZ/ZBAA

They must have been airborne about 8 hours before landing in YEG, and YEG-PEK is 4,641 nm, another 11 hours or so plus the ground time in YEG to offload the medical emergency and refuel. Far too long for one crew.

[Edited 2013-02-10 20:45:51]

[Edited 2013-02-10 20:48:00]

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