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AA,UA,CO,NW Flights Diverting To Remote Airfields?  
User currently offlineTallguy14 From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 228 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 9 hours ago) and read 8729 times:
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I was on UA895 Chicago-Hong Kong recently, and the inflight map showed us tracking near ULN Ulaan Baator, Mongolia. The cabin was completely dark and everyone else was sleeping. My active imagination got the best of me! I wondered, what if we had to divert? ULN sounds so remote and exotic. Would we be the first US carrier to land there? Would the airport be able to handle such a massive aircraft?

When I worked at United we had two 767-322s divert to Karachi, Pakistan and Mumbai, India. They were flying the RTW service to DEL from London and Hong Kong. Karachi was very reluctant to allow us to land there, and they wanted us refueled and out of there straightaway.

And we diverted a 777 into Yellowknife, due to a compressor stall.

Have any US carriers landed at remote airfields? Better yet, are there pictures?

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User currently offlineA300 American From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 hours ago) and read 8615 times:

While I would hardly call Trujillo, Peru exotic, it is the diverting airport of choice when LIM is fogged over. When I was married last year in Peru, most of our guest were "stuck" in Trujillo (coming from USA). I read that LAN had 2 767s and AA 1 A300. The average "McMansion" is larger than the airport at Trujillo, so accomodating 3 jumbo jets full of passengers could most certainly cause chaos there. Passengers were NOT allowed to deplane. After about 6-8 hours, the planes were allowed to continue on to LIM.

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(for those of you who are familiar with Peru, at least the passengers would have enjoyed some cheviche and beer at nearby Hauchaco! )

Salud!


User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 hours ago) and read 8542 times:

Ulaan Baator is the capital of Mongolia, and the base of 3 airlines, including MIAT Mongolian. That carrier has previously operated 767-300s. Rwy 14/32 is approx 10,000 ft. So you'd have been fine

[Edited 2007-10-22 08:20:37]

[Edited 2007-10-22 08:21:07]

User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9666 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 hours ago) and read 8489 times:

Yellowknife as shown in the picture you posted has had multiple 777 diversions. It's the only airport around, but a bad place for a diversion since it is unable to handle maintenance services. UA had a 777 stuck up there for a while because they had to truck up an engine because there was no equipment to unload it. Yellowknife also diversions on 9/11.


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User currently offline777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3694 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 hours ago) and read 8441 times:

Wasn't there a CO or UA trans-pac flight that landed on Midway Island a few years back? Didn't that same flight also set a record for an ETOPS diversion?


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User currently offlineTundra767 From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2005, 430 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 hours ago) and read 8141 times:

I landed for fuel on Wake Island when I was flying for ATA. We were flying HNL-GUM and the second time HNL-OKO.

User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12118 posts, RR: 49
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 hours ago) and read 8114 times:
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Well NW landed a DC10 in Iran not that long ago. That should have taken the chance to sell that puppy in Iran, as it would be a new plane in that Country.


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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 hours ago) and read 8116 times:

Quoting 777STL (Reply 4):
Wasn't there a CO or UA trans-pac flight that landed on Midway Island a few years back? Didn't that same flight also set a record for an ETOPS diversion?

YUP! Don't ask me why I saved this...I just thought it was interesting then!

Posted at 12:24 p.m., Tuesday, January 6, 2004
Jetliner bound for Texas lands on Midway
By Jan TenBruggencate
Advertiser Staff Writer
A Continental Airlines jet with 294 people on board made an emergency landing at Midway Atoll's Sand Island airfield early today, apparently after suffering an oil pressure problem in one of its engines.
There were no injuries. The airline was expected to fly maintenance personnel and parts to the island today, and hoped to fly out after dark.
Daytime jet operations at the atoll are considered dangerous because of the threat that an engine could be disabled if it sucked in one of the hundreds of thousands of seabirds that nest on the island.
"The passengers were deplaned, and they can be entertained by a million and a half seabirds," said Barbara Maxfield, speaking for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which operates the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.
She said there have been no medical problems among the passengers. The service has a physician's assistant on island to help with any medical issues. There is food on the plane, and Midway's own food supplies were replenished a week ago via an Aloha Airlines chartered jet.
The plane, Continental's Flight 6, was en route from Japanâs Narita Airport to Houston's George Bush International Airport. The twin-engine Boeing 777 is a computer-designed and fuel-efficient aircraft that includes configurations that allow extended range flights. The route from Narita to Houston is nearly 7,000 miles and takes 11 hours and 40 minutes, said Julie King, a Continental spokeswoman in Houston.
She said there appeared to have been an oil leak from a starter. Continental planned to fly a maintenance crew of four and a new starter, along with additional food and water supplies, to Midway today. Repairs were expected to take three hours, and the plane was scheduled to leave Midway at about 9 p.m. Hawai'i time, King said.
She said interested passengers were being given a guided tour of the island, which is near the western end of the Hawaiian archipelago and lies more than 1,000 miles northwest of the main Hawaiian Islands.


User currently offlineRDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1516 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 hours ago) and read 8040 times:

I was lucky enough to get to fly on a rescue flight to YBG last year to pickup the pax from a diverted (due to smoke in ckpit) 767-300. We brought in another 763, borrowed the AF's cargo loaders and moved the cans/bags from one plane to the other, packed up and headed out (leaving behind some mechanics for the repair). The natives were extremely accommodating.


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User currently offlineDon81603 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 1185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7224 times:

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 7):
She said interested passengers were being given a guided tour of the island

Go outside, open your eyes, turn 360 degrees. You've now seen all there is to see on Midway.



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User currently offlineHikesWithEyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 816 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7191 times:

Back when AS served the Russian Far East, one of the flights diverted to DYR (Anadyr).
Major pain in the neck getting fuel, communicating with dispatch, etc.



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User currently offlineN174UA From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6933 times:

Quoting 777STL (Reply 4):
Wasn't there a CO or UA trans-pac flight that landed on Midway Island a few years back? Didn't that same flight also set a record for an ETOPS diversion?

As far as a record for an ETOPS diversion, I'm thinking of a UA 777 flight from AKL-LAX that diverted to KOA (not sure why) and went 182 minutes on one engine.

UA also has several options to divert to in the Russian far east. According to my Dad (retired A&P) the flight crews were shown pictures of the runway and the facilities for passengers at each of those locations, in hopes they would avoid diverting there at all costs.


User currently offlineNorcal773 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1448 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6889 times:

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 7):
The twin-engine Boeing 777 is a computer-designed and fuel-efficient aircraft that includes configurations that allow extended range flights. The route from Narita to Houston is nearly 7,000 miles and takes 11 hours and 40 minutes, said Julie King, a Continental spokeswoman in Houston.

7000 miles takes 11 hours 40 minutes to fly?? that's gotta be a little off unless you have a massive tailwind.



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26595 posts, RR: 75
Reply 13, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6356 times:

Quoting Tallguy14 (Thread starter):
Karachi, Pakistan

Karachi is not exactly remote, though it is a bit exotic for US carriers these days.

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 6):
That should have taken the chance to sell that puppy in Iran, as it would be a new plane in that Country.

Well, there are some A320s and newer build Russian aircraft floating around Iran.

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 6):
Well NW landed a DC10 in Iran not that long ago.

Yes. They had to divert to THR and were apparently treated quite well.



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User currently offlineELTENELEVEN From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6011 times:

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 6):
Well NW landed a DC10 in Iran not that long ago. That should have taken the chance to sell that puppy in Iran, as it would be a new plane in that Country.

LOL



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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12118 posts, RR: 49
Reply 15, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4350 times:
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Quoting N1120A (Reply 13):
Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 6):
That should have taken the chance to sell that puppy in Iran, as it would be a new plane in that Country.


Well, there are some A320s and newer build Russian aircraft floating around Iran.

Well I know I'll sleep better tonight just knowing that!

Quoting N1120A (Reply 13):
Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 6):
Well NW landed a DC10 in Iran not that long ago.

Yes. They had to divert to THR and were apparently treated quite well.

Yet to see it on the route map though.



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