Tomascubero From Costa Rica, joined Jul 2005, 528 posts, RR: 8 Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 12036 times:
Just in from ACARS:
ACARS mode: 2 Aircraft reg: .N68159 [B767 COA]
Message label: RA Block id: H Msg. no: QUFC
Flight id: FDVCO.
1DISP TO 0051/20
AMZ FIR/BRAZILIA HAS LOST ALL HR AND ENROUTE
RADAR. THEY NOT ACCEPTING FLTS. NEED TO HAVE
YOU RETURN TO IAH.
I have been told by a Brazilian friend that they have lost all communcation frequencies and are un-operational at this time, so it seems its a technical problem. That was CO51 IAH-EZE which should be close to Costa Rica's Atlantic coast right now. Hope this does not cause a lot of chaos since these hours is when most of the US/Canada flights arrive into Brazil/Argentina/Bolivia, etc.
Hoya From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 469 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 11885 times:
UA Flight 843 (ORD-GRU) is diverting to MCO. UA 861 is flying back to IAD, per flightaware. AA 951 looks like is heading back to JFK. AA 995 and 929 (MIA-GRU) heading back as well. Haven't checked other flights, but what a mess.
EMB195 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 11845 times:
Quoting PPVRA (Reply 4): Outrage. . . .? I don't know what to call it. . .
All I have to say is: we better start seeing some big changes in Brazilian aviation, and soon!!! I really don't want to come in here and see another post like the one for flight JJ 3054. Two major tragedies in ten months! Unbelievable...
LipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11501 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 11768 times:
It's a shame...
Also all flights Brazil-US return to GIG and GRU....
Will be a crazy weekend ! At least this time i'm not in the middle of the nightmare as i postpone a business trip to Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil does not count with a contingency system (but even the main system doesn't seems to work properly)
New York + Rio de Janeiro = One of the best combinations !
Acey From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 1100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 11656 times:
Quoting Hoya (Reply 13): UA 847 IAD-EZE also heading back to IAD, so it's not only flights headed to and from Brazil.
Looks like everyone that's flying to/from Brazil or has even a portion of their route over the affected area is turning around. My buddy lives in Toronto; his sister is on AC 90 tonight running YYZ-GRU, looks like he's going to see her again sooner than expected.
If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Right, they are headed back to IAH according to the message above, this would also affect Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay and maybe Chile, but not completely sure about Chile since I think some flights avoid Brazilian airspace.
I guess also this means that domestic flights, as well as European and the rest of the flights have to be diverted. Hope this gets fixed promptly and that it goes without any dramatic event.