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Virgin Flight VS044 Today.  
User currently offlineFCA787 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 19 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5287 times:

Hi

I was just checking to see if a friends flight was on time landing in to LGW and noticed that VS044 LAS-LGW arrived just under 3 hrs late in to LGW today and it said on the website the flight went via Gander......

09:55 VS044 LAS VEGAS VIA GANDER LANDED 1243 South Terminal

anyone know why??

Cheers

FCA787

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User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5266 times:

Likely to be a medical emergency.

Bad luck though for the LAS route which already had a medical diversion at the weekend (VS043 LGW-LAS diverted to YWG 29/10).



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User currently offlineFCA787 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5244 times:

What happends when say a medical diversion happends? Is their a danger the crew could run out of hours? thus leaving the aircraft and pax stranded?

Cheers


User currently offlineJfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8513 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5226 times:
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I heard they under loaded the fuel, so they had to stop to tank up.

User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5195 times:

Quoting FCA787 (Reply 2):
What happends when say a medical diversion happends? Is their a danger the crew could run out of hours? thus leaving the aircraft and pax stranded?

There is a danger yes, depending on how long it takes to sort the problem out on the ground, uplift more fuel, etc...

LGW-LAS or vice-versa is 3 flight deck crew at VS so there is some leeway with regard to duty hours, provided there was no significant departure delay. Crew can always go into 'discretion' (i.e. legally continue beyond their normal hours limit by a defined amount) in the event of unusual circumstances like that, though techincally they can always refuse.

In the event that the crew cannot go into discretion to complete the flight, no-one will be 'stranded' as such - the crew and passengers would simply be accommodated locally to allow a minimum rest period before re-commencing the flight.



I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5120 times:

Quoting Rick767 (Reply 4):
In the event that the crew cannot go into discretion to complete the flight, no-one will be 'stranded' as such - the crew and passengers would simply be accommodated locally to allow a minimum rest period before re-commencing the flight.

Nothing is simple in that scenario. It is an airlines worst nightmare to have an a/c, crew and passengers stuck at a non-scheduled destination and having to arrange things from thousands of miles away via a local handling agent who may not be familier with your airlines requirements and in a town that may be in a remote location so does not have the facilities to accomodate an a/c load of passengers at the drop of a hat.

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User currently offlineCharliejag1 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5055 times:

I am in crew scheduling, and these explanations are completely correct. If you would like more information, check out FAR 121.467 and 121.471.

User currently offlineFCA787 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4963 times:

Ok Thanks

Another question I have is how long must a flight be before it carries a 3 or even 4 man flight deck crew?.

SQ's SIN-EWR flight - how mant flight crew does that carry does anyone know?

Cheers again!


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