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UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted  
User currently offlineSymphonik From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 154 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8480 times:

My dad just called and said UA921 was diverted today enroute from LHR to IAD. They're on the ground right now at a Canadian Air Defence base (north of Quebec) with another plane scheduled to take them out at around 7:00.

He said the crew noticed (and he smelled) smoke in the cockpit a few miles off the Canadian coast and that the crew had taken to ripping up the floorboards on the 767 to get down there and try to find the cause of the problem. No luck, presumably, so they took the plane down.

All the passengers are okay, they were able to exit via airstairs (though on the way down the crew were preparing pax for a slide evacuation and had them in brace positions), and the Canadian Defence Forces are treating them with food from their mess and a chaplain and whatnot.

Lucky break. My dad, still with his wits about him, said "sorry, you don't get the inheritance quite yet."  rotfl  Still, as a 1K he's managed to be on a few diverted flights and said this was the most "urgent" he's ever been on.

If anyone has any more information on what's going on, it'd be greatly appreciated.

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User currently offlineQB737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8430 times:

According to UA website, they landed in YBG (Bagotville/Saguenay airport). For those of you who ant to locate it on a map, find Quebec city and go north. Glad to hear everybody made it safe and sorry to hear you didn't get rich today  Wink

Benoit

[Edited 2006-05-07 21:11:46]

User currently offlineScrappy74 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 97 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8409 times:

Well sounds like your dad had a more legitimately-diverted flight...a UA flight ORD-SAN last night was landed in DEN due to suspicious odors. The odors turned out to be from nail polish remover; a passenger was giving herself a manicure during the flight. Oops!  spin 

Haven't seen much on the news sites on the diversion to Canada.



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User currently offlineRDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 8050 times:

A ferry (rescue) 763 has been sent up from IAD with support staff (mechanics, CS and ramp peeps) and some MX parts onboard. 921 will continue later tonight into IAD from YBG with the substitute aircraft.


Sometimes we don't realize the good times when we're in them
User currently onlineChiGB1973 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7998 times:

Quoting Symphonik (Thread starter):
He said the crew noticed (and he smelled) smoke in the cockpit a few miles off the Canadian coast and that the crew had taken to ripping up the floorboards on the 767 to get down there and try to find the cause of the problem. No luck, presumably, so they took the plane down.

That is dangerous if the decision to divert was made after they did not find anything. I feel relatively certain the diversion was not because nothing was found, but hopefully was headed towards the ground immediately. Don't screw around too long like Swiss did.

M


User currently offlineSebring From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 1666 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7907 times:

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2006/05/07/1568829-cp.html

User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7882 times:

not a lot of people for a B767-300... no 

flight was around 64% full....



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User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 995 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5821 times:

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 6):
not a lot of people for a B767-300...

flight was around 64% full....

64% full for LHR-IAD flight? How do they expect to make profits?

Anyway, glad that everything turned out okay, we don't want another SR 111 happening, especially in the eastern Canada...

Leo.



A mile of runway takes you to the world. A mile of highway takes you a mile.
User currently offlineLH463 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5579 times:

It's pretty weird that this came up today. Last night I watched a Nova documentary of Swiss Air flight 111, which attempted to divert to Halifax due to the same problme, but did not reach the airport in time. I highly recommend the documentary, which can be found on Netflix.


Turning final...
User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5207 times:

Quoting Levg79 (Reply 7):
64% full for LHR-IAD flight? How do they expect to make profits?

Not every flight has to have 100% load factors to make money. For all we know the premium cabins could be full with economy close to empty or there could be lots of cargo. You can't just cancel a flight because you're not full. Plus the IAD-LHR flights could have full flights still resulting in route profitability. Don't assume that every flight is like this. It's also slow season. Schools are still in session so families aren't travelling yet.

Anyway, glad to see everything ended well.

LH423



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5184 times:

UA921 left YBG at 2254, arrived IAD 0046 (don't know if that was the original aircraft or the substitution).

User currently offlineHARLEYF150 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4931 times:

Aircraft involved was N649UA

User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4288 times:

Quoting Symphonik (Thread starter):

He said the crew noticed (and he smelled) smoke in the cockpit a few miles off the Canadian coast and that the crew had taken to ripping up the floorboards on the 767 to get down there and try to find the cause of the problem.

FWIW, there's a hatch to the avionics bay aft of the cockpit. Figured I'd mention that before people started assuming they were tearing through metal floorboards...



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User currently onlineChiGB1973 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3857 times:

Quoting LH463 (Reply 8):
It's pretty weird that this came up today. Last night I watched a Nova documentary of Swiss Air flight 111, which attempted to divert to Halifax due to the same problme, but did not reach the airport in time. I highly recommend the documentary, which can be found on Netflix.

I am going to have to get it. That's why I posted earlier, they delayed too long trying to burn off fuel instead of landing the aircraft. tsk tsk

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 12):
FWIW, there's a hatch to the avionics bay aft of the cockpit. Figured I'd mention that before people started assuming they were tearing through metal floorboards...

Hatch or no hatch, flight crews are trained to rip up anything necessary to get to/attempt to get to the source. It's not far fetch at all and a good assumption.

M


User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 995 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3754 times:

Quoting ChiGB1973 (Reply 13):
Hatch or no hatch, flight crews are trained to rip up anything necessary to get to/attempt to get to the source

That's true, as long as they don't forget that flying is their number one concern. EA 401 comes to mind.

Leo.



A mile of runway takes you to the world. A mile of highway takes you a mile.
User currently onlineChiGB1973 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3722 times:

Quoting Levg79 (Reply 14):
That's true, as long as they don't forget that flying is their number one concern. EA 401 comes to mind.

Leo.

There is more to a flight crew than the flight deck crew. I agree with you though.

Quoting ChiGB1973 (Reply 4):
That is dangerous if the decision to divert was made after they did not find anything. I feel relatively certain the diversion was not because nothing was found, but hopefully was headed towards the ground immediately. Don't screw around too long like Swiss did.

M


User currently offlineSymphonik From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3604 times:

Well, thanks everyone for the info. Agreed that the decision to rip up floorboards was probably done while preparations were being made to get the bird on the ground—keep in mind I was hearing this all secondhand.

What I'd love to hear is what the final outcome of the situation was—what caused the smoke, what the bird is doing now, etc. If anyone on the MX teams that were ferried in have any info, please post!

By the way, here is the article from the Edmonton Sun. There's not much.  Smile

My parents are fine and thank the CDF for their hospitality.


User currently onlineChiGB1973 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3392 times:

Quoting LH463 (Reply 8):
It's pretty weird that this came up today. Last night I watched a Nova documentary of Swiss Air flight 111, which attempted to divert to Halifax due to the same problme, but did not reach the airport in time. I highly recommend the documentary, which can be found on Netflix

I just watched this today. Definitely worth getting. It is a very good show. Very sad, but well documented, etc.

M


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