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Air Canada Emergency Landing At Vancouver Intl  
User currently offlineConnector4you From Canada, joined May 2001, 948 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5949 times:

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Can anyone figure out what Air Canada flight number was that Airbus 330? Its highly unusual - to say the least- for an airline to fly 90 pax with a wide body jet on a such short hop!

Was this aircraft supposed to fly the Calgary - Frankfurt route later that same afternoon?

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User currently offlineJayce From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 530 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5851 times:

AC844 (YYC-FRA) is delayed only 36 minutes, according to the website. Could this because of a substitution?

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User currently offlineRamprat From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 188 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5830 times:

It was either for 844(FRA) or 850(LHR) out of YYC. Once or twice per week they switch aircraft in Calgary, flying one from YVR-YYC to do a few legs to Europe, and one of the aircraft that was doing the European legs from Calgary goes back to Vancouver. It normally turns into an A check in Vancouver after returning.

User currently offlineFraT From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 1126 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5732 times:

Flight AC850 to LHR had a delay of 2 hours. But AFAIK the A330 stayed in YVR after the incident. The pax were put on an additional A320 to YYC.

User currently offlineRP TPA From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5568 times:

The early afternoon YVR-YYC flt (I forgot the exact time and flt nmbr) is very often a widebody for 2 reasons. First, it arrives from either Europe or the far east, and is rotated to YYC for a YYC-Europe flight. Secondly, the added capacity is useful as there are usually a large number of tour groups from Asia that connect to this flight for their Canadian Rockies tours.

User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5389 times:

I'm wondering if any of the photographers in YVR got a photo of it taking off, and sold it to the Vancouver Sun. Shown on the TV here in Calgary was a picture of it taking off, aswell as landing.

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User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5302 times:

Say what you will about AC, but I have no doubt their maintenance team will solve the problemo quickly; no-one can deny Air Canada's excellent maintenance record and technical expertise.

And, if there was any Airport for pax to be delayed at, good thing it was beautiful YVR International (Sushi and Saki, anyone?).

User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5133 times:

I heard that pilot of the flight reported engine troubles. Oil leak or something like that.

Oh and the flight number was #216 and was supposed to park at A12.
PLane was due to arrive at 4:20 but came in with replacement at 7:26pm Local.

Normally all european Air Canada flights that come into YYC go out of YYC back to european cities. Swappings of the widebodies for the 844/5 and 850/1 are actually done at the two airport LHR and FRA instead of calgary.
About a few times a week (2x as what Ramprat said), YVR would send out a widebody to Calgary. Normally its flight #216 arriving and #225 departing at 1730local.

This case, what he said in his post is true. The whole swapoping does take place and one of the flights from europe (I think the Frankfurt one) switches to another gate so the YVR flight could park in its place.
With the added pax load, it may also be possible that the flight to YVR may be a continuing flight to asia in the late evening? I ain't 100% sure about that but according to Air Canada ads in the paper, it shows destinations like YYC-HKG or something therefore it does appear to make sense..

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