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VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander  
User currently offlineLondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1448 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 10806 times:

I haven't seen this story posted anywhere here ... But yesterday's evening flight VS25 operating between London Heathrow and New York JFK had to make an emergency landing in Gander.

Because of a shortage of available hotel rooms near the airport, it seems that many or most passengers had to sleep inside the airport terminal.

VS is flying out a replacement plane from the UK today. But it is not expected to depart Gander, for New York, until at least 1520hrs local time which equates to a delay of over 20 hours.

The news is starting to appear in the UK media. The picture shows a B747 but isn't this particular flight supposed to be operated by one of VS' newer A330-300s ?


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...heathrow-and-new-york-8773014.html

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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (8 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 10758 times:

Reflecting its flight number, I typed "Virgin 25" into Google and came back with a lot of intriguing links, e.g. "VIRGIN at 25. What can I do?" and "Still A Virgin At 25 - Time For An Escort??"   

I will now search for something more appropriate related to this story. :P



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User currently offlineLondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 10664 times:

The story is now breaking everywhere. Here's the BBC link:


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-23747391


User currently offlinenwa757boy From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 676 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 10563 times:

Well that explains the long line at the rebooking counter I saw this morning at Kennedy...poor agents, only two people to handle queue.

User currently offlinespeedbird2155 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 864 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (8 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 10291 times:

Quoting LondonCity (Reply 2):

The story is now breaking everywhere. Here's the BBC link:


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...47391

Good to see that they changed the headline to Virgin passengers and not Heathrow.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26497 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (8 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 10268 times:

Yes Sky News running it now and played an interview with one of the passengers stranded.


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User currently offlinegoosebayguy From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2009, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 10212 times:

I'm amazed they didn't get any hotel rooms. When I passed through Gander they seemed to have several large hotels all built back in the jetset heyday of the 50's when Gander was a busy place.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26497 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (8 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 10128 times:

Quoting goosebayguy (Reply 6):
I'm amazed they didn't get any hotel rooms. When I passed through Gander they seemed to have several large hotels all built back in the jetset heyday of the 50's when Gander was a busy place.

According to the guy being interviewed they were on the aircraft for nearly two hours before being told to take their blankets with them into the terminal. The crew were bused to a hotel.



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User currently offlineluganopirate From Switzerland, joined Apr 2010, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 10108 times:
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FlightAware shows the diverted flight. I'm just wondering what happened?

http://uk.flightaware.com/live/fligh...5/history/20130817/1905Z/EGLL/CYQX


User currently offlineLondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 9763 times:

Quoting luganopirate (Reply 8):
I'm just wondering what happened?

I guess the news will come out in stages. The media outlets employ fewer "news gatherers" at weekends (to save on staffing costs) so I believe this is why it has taken so long for the story to break.


User currently offlineAuchmithie From UK - England, joined Sep 2010, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 9689 times:

Diverted aircraft was A330-300 G-VRAY
Rescue aircraft is A340-600 G-VYOU

Source: http://www.thevssource.com


User currently offlineairbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 7874 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (8 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 9510 times:

Quoting goosebayguy (Reply 6):
I'm amazed they didn't get any hotel rooms.

It's Gander and it's Summer, probably the only time of the year they get tourists. Those hotel rooms were probably booked months in advance.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26497 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (8 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 9476 times:

Quoting airbazar (Reply 11):
It's Gander and it's Summer, probably the only time of the year they get tourists. Those hotel rooms were probably booked months in advance.

Well I guess if any passengers want to go to booking.com where there are rooms they can try to see if they can claim the money back when they get home.



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User currently offline26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 786 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 9418 times:

What happened to the famous "Gander 9/11" hospitality? The locals might have saved the day...again...given the chance.

User currently offlineAA94 From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 531 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8546 times:

Interestingly enough, G-VRAY also operated VS25 on 11AUG, and turned back to LHR after experiencing engine issues.

An aviation journo was onboard and provided a running commentary of the events: http://twitter.com/thatjohn



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User currently offlinedergay From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8196 times:

Hi Folks.
Had a similar experience at Gander a number of years ago - thankfully the airline were very professional and had accommodation arranged within the hour. After a number of hours sleep, a good (Canadian) breakfast, we were collected from the hotel, brought to the airport and continued on our way to MGA. Thanks to SU, and the staff at Gander for their very helpful and professional staff for a bad night handled well.



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User currently offlinepinsent From Canada, joined Jul 2001, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6739 times:

Here's a link to local Gander news.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfou.../nl-flight-landing-gander-818.html


User currently offlinee195 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 189 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (8 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5294 times:
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Any word on the reason for the fuel leak and almost running out?

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User currently offlinespinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1070 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2628 times:

Wouldn't it have been faster to charter a Canadian carrier, or even U.S. like World to finish out the Gander-JFK run. Wouldn't they be able to get their faster?

User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 3831 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2097 times:

Quoting spinkid (Reply 18):

Probably worked out a great deal cheaper to fly the A340 in from LHR


User currently offlineroseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9378 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

Quoting spinkid (Reply 18):
Wouldn't it have been faster to charter a Canadian carrier, or even U.S. like World to finish out the Gander-JFK run. Wouldn't they be able to get their faster?

First off extremely expensive. Second off, the chance of using a carrier like world is next to impossible on that short of notice.

Delta is the biggest charter carrier and probably could have come up with something, but between all the ad hoc NFL charters along with MLB charters using up planes and crew and it being summer season, DL would have struggled to come up with something quickly.



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