YYZatcboy From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 993 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5363 times:
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I was Just wondering what happens to flight no.s of crashed flights. Do the airlines never use them again out of respect to the people on board or could we ( not anymore but before they were sold) find a swissair 111 ( which crashed off the Nova Scotia coast)?
Danialanwar From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5348 times:
Most (if not all) airlines do not use those numbers again until the incident is all but forgotten (a few decades later!). I dont think they do it to respect the victims but rather for PR reasons (who would want to sit on SR111 that crashed yesterday ...)
Swissair did change the flight number SR110/111 immediately (cant recall to what though), as did Singapore Airlines (SQ5/6 to SQ29/30)
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FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2932 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5279 times:
Yes, they are almost always retired shortly thereafter, especially in cases where the media seizes on the number of the ill-fated flight: PA103, UA232, TW800, UA93, etc. I can't think of a case where such a well-known number has been reintroduced, even years after the crash.
DeltaMIA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1672 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4996 times:
I don't know if this is factual as airlines use it nowadays, but after DL191 all the airlines in operation changed their flight numbers of 191. Of course it may not hold true as most airlines use it now except DL and AA of course.
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Nwajetset From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 139 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4769 times:
When a crash with fatallities occurrs, that said airline retires that number (so to speak) permanently. It is only removed from use by the carrier of the incident. All other carriers would still use these numbers.