Dlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 30 Posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2878 times:
Anybody know why Cathay flight 885 (CX885) LAX-HKG diverted to YVR today (Aug. 6)? I was mighty surprised to see her on approach when I was out at the airport... I tried to read the ACARS report for the flight, but couldn't make heads nor tails of it... any info would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
Ktachiya From Japan, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 1794 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2743 times:
Quoting Dlowwa (Thread starter): I was mighty surprised to see her on approach when I was out at the airport...
Could it have been a medical emergency? Or some technical issue with the aircraft? I know that the flights out of LAX had to divert to ICN a few times for a technical landing in the last few years but YVR is odd for that.
Francoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3761 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2576 times:
Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 3): How bad could weather be that they stopped a LAX-HKG at YVR, instead of letting it get to NRT or TPE?
HKG was closed yesterday for a few hours. That might have entailed a lot of diversions into TPE, ICN, etc. In those cases, Ops control might elect to divert a few flights early in their routes, if practical (YVR is, in this case), to avoid overcrowind the alternates and causing even more delays.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
Carfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1920 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2486 times:
Yes, Hong Kong had a typhoon day yesterday, and as other have pointed out, the airport was closed due to strong crosswind in the afternoon. CX and KA ceased most of the flights between 4 and 8pm last night, and CX 838 - the 4pm flight to Vancouver was canceled as a result, in which CX 839 has to be canceled as well.
So CX 885 is making an additional stop at Vancouver to pick up passengers of the canceled CX 839. Now the plane will arrive Hong Kong at 10pm. It has happened before when one of the CX LA flights made a stop at Vancouver to pick up passengers due to weather or other kinds of Vancouver mechanical reasons.
CX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6601 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2331 times:
Actually the airport was never closed. Cathay took the decision to suspend their own operations (departures anyway) for a number of hours in the afternoon but the airport was open and the occasional flight (including Cathay's) continued to land throughout the day. In the end the conditions were not that bad considering, and despite a few go-arounds it was not major chaos and there were not too many diversions.