SPL From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 156 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10531 times:
Very rare event this morning in AMS. This early morning a Virgin Atlantic A340-600 G-VATL, on it's way from Hong Kong to London Heathrow, had engine problems (Fuel Management Problems) and had to make a stop at AMS. Plane was parked at gate G09. Passengers left the plane and were put in waiting area G09. Drinks and food were provided. The engine problem couldn't be fixed AND no correct tow bar available at AMS to get the plane to a remote stand. Sister ship G-VXLG is flown in from London Gatwick to pick up the stranded passengers and was carrying a push back bar for the stranded A340-600! At a AMS we got A340 types, but only 200 and 300, so these tow bars are different from size, due to the bigger tires of the 600.
SPL From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10467 times:
Yep, don't know anything about a departure time. The B744 is expected to leave around this time. The A346 was standing at Gate G09 and the B744 at remote stand G73, if everything works out, the planes are switched allready.
Spl From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 10048 times:
Pax unknown, guess from what I saw around 200 or something like that. I think in this case AMS is compalible for the A340-600, even for the new A380, allready facilities are made, for handling the plane. Tow bars are indeed used at AMS. The supertugs are used only for Boeing planes I think? Otherwise they would have used it today?
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20789 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 10021 times:
Mind you, why not CDG or FRA
The plane was inbound to LHR from HKG. Why would it fly the extra distance to CDG or FRA when LHR/LGW would be just as far, and not need to have to ferry in another plane to take care of the passengers in the first place? I'm sure they didn't just pick AMS because the pilot was afraid to fly over the Channel. Even us Americans can figure out the geography on that one, LOL