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Virgin A330 Diverts To Gander  
User currently offlinemon330 From United Kingdom, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 80 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 4 months 1 week ago) and read 14137 times:

Hi everybody

Does anyone know why Virgin's A330 operating MCO to LGW on July 21 diverted to Gander (YQX)?

Looking at the data on flightaware.com, the flight continued to LGW after a short stop of just over an hour. So I assume the reason was to either address a minor mechanical issue or a passenger/medical issue.

Does anyone have any further details?

http://uk.flightaware.com/live/fligh...8/history/20110721/2150Z/KMCO/EGKK

http://uk.flightaware.com/live/fligh...8/history/20110722/0355Z/CYQX/EGKK

Thanks

Mark

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User currently offlineoykie From Norway, joined Jan 2006, 2754 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 11398 times:

My wife and I was on board that flight and I can tell you a young man got very ill after dinner. They did not serve fish... The F/A asked for medical assistance, and several peopled offered to help. It was determined that his condition was so bad, it was better for the flight to divert to Gander than carry on the flight. Sad to see a young person get so ill, and I hope he is okay.

We were very impressed with the professional crew inboard Virgin. They handled this situation very well. So did the passenger who offered medical assistance. I believe he was upgraded to Premium economy from Gander to LGW. (No upper class on the A330 yet).

The pilots landed the A330 very gently at Gander. The rain poured down at Gander, and with much fuel I expected a more rough landing. There was an ambulance waiting for us nearby the terminal. They got on board and had to carry the passenger out of the plane. The cargo door were opened, and his bags removed.

After the ill passenger had been carried out of the plane, it took some time to refuel, and file a new flight plan.

After Take-off they flew us as fast as they could so we should not get too delayed. Since this is Airliners.net, I must add that we enjoyed flying the new A330 from VS with their friendly, helpful crew that was intensely focused on securing the passengers at all time. The seats are comfortable, we payed for more legroom at MCO and we enjoyed their new Inflight entertainment.

The trip back home has been unreal. First the medical diversion and as we continued to OSL we were met by more police than usual only to learn that some lunatic had blown up the prime ministers office and were massacrating almost 100 teenagers at a political summer camp. A very sad day 



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User currently offlinemon330 From United Kingdom, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 10043 times:

Hi oykie

Many thanks for your reply. Sounds like Virgin handled the situation very well. Let's hope the passenger concerned is okay, like you say.

Quoting oykie (Reply 1):
The trip back home has been unreal. First the medical diversion and as we continued to OSL we were met by more police than usual only to learn that some lunatic had blown up the prime ministers office and were massacrating almost 100 teenagers at a political summer camp. A very sad day 

Norway's terror attacks are indeed very tragic and are dominating the news over here in England.

Mark


User currently offlineoykie From Norway, joined Jan 2006, 2754 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 9249 times:

Quoting mon330 (Reply 2):

Many thanks for your reply.

You are very welcome! I wondered if anyone here would notice the diversion. Prior to the incident, I thought of making a trip report with their 744 to MCO and the A330 going back. But I did not take any pictures to respect the privacy of the ill person.

Quoting mon330 (Reply 2):
Sounds like Virgin handled the situation very well.

   They did their best!

Quoting mon330 (Reply 2):
Let's hope the passenger concerned is okay, like you say.

Yes, I really hope so! We have been thinking about his outcome over this weekend.

Quoting mon330 (Reply 2):
Norway's terror attacks are indeed very tragic and are dominating the news over here in England.

We have been following international media, and it seems like all over the world people are in disbelief, which is comforting in this meaningless massacre. It is not my intention to hijack the Virgin diversion with this story. But it was a lot of thing happening. Going into 22.7.2011 we had this ill passenger with the diversion followed by landing in the midst of everything happening in Oslo/Utoeya Island.



Dream no small dream; it lacks magic. Dream large, then go make that dream real - Donald Douglas
User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1712 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3998 times:

It always amazes me that so many a.netters are on certain flights where something 'odds' occurs.
A medical diversion happens daily, I know, but this first hand information is something what only happens at a.net 

No words can describe the bombing and Utoeya shooting in Norway last weekend. I can't believe somebody is mentally this crazy and has no common sense whatsoever. My thoughts are with all the people involved.



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