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UAL831 (IAD-CUN) Diverts To Cuba On 7/31!  
User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2525 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 16807 times:

Haven't seen this on a.net yet; please delete if it's a duplicate. I know that this is technically not an impossible situation, but honestly, when was the last time a U.S. carrier diverted to Cuba?! Pretty cool, IMO, and here's to hoping it won't be too long before HAV becomes a regular destination for U.S. carriers.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/07/31...ight.diverted/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Edited to quote the dumbest possible sentence from the article (fair use): "United does not typically fly to Cuba, according to its website." OMG, really?!

777fan

[Edited 2011-07-31 16:23:04]


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User currently offlineSulley From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 539 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 16731 times:

Technically, UA does fly to Cuba through CO Connection (Gulfstream)  

Interesting event though...



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User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1674 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 16706 times:

Quoting Sulley (Reply 1):

But it's not a regularly scheduled flight the way I understand it. You need special visas from the US and Cuba just to book that flight.

Marc


User currently offlinesomething From United Kingdom, joined May 2011, 1633 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 16651 times:

Quoting Sulley (Reply 1):

Technically, UA does fly to Cuba through CO Connection (Gulfstream)  

Interesting event though..
Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 2):
But it's not a regularly scheduled flight the way I understand it. You need special visas from the US and Cuba just to book that flight.

Marc

Still a flight. And I think these flights aren't open to the public, but only to Cuban immigrants visiting family back home.

But it still surprises me they didn't chose KIN as their diversion point. I'd expect better maintenance facilities there for A320, after Air Jamaica has flown them for the longest time.



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User currently offline01pewterz28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 16523 times:

Quoting something (Reply 3):

Remember the Swissaur crash and Valuejet crash most crews want to get the aircraft down on the ground ASAP and if that means in Cuba so be it. If a fire breaks out onboard an aircraft you have no place to go the crew did what they needed to do and not try to stretch it and make a different field.

Sean


User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2525 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 16527 times:

Quoting something (Reply 3):
But it still surprises me they didn't chose KIN as their diversion point.

Eh, you probably don't want to mess around with a burning smell in the cockpit. Based on the way Cubans are purported to maintain their pre-Castro GMs and Studebakers (not to mention Ilyushins, Yaks, and Tupelovs), the maintenance facilities at HAV actually might be pretty good!

Seriously though, it would've been really interesting if they'd have headed to Key West (EYW) and its 4,800' runway.

777fan



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User currently offlineBP1 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 593 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16309 times:

In a few years we all be able to fly Cuba anyway.

Every time I fly our of MIA, I see at least 3-4 AA flights on the departure boards from MIA-HAV (obviously charters). The time will come.



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User currently offlinenostrum From Bahamas, joined Jul 2011, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 15303 times:

Quoting something (Reply 3):
But it still surprises me they didn't chose KIN as their diversion point. I'd expect better maintenance facilities there for A320, after Air Jamaica has flown them for the longest time.

Kingston is about 1 1/2 hour further away. In 2005 CU and IB created IBECA, which gives maintenance to Airbus and Boeing aircraft from foreign airlines that fly to HAV and Cuba in general. Apart from that, CU still operates leased A320s since the 1990s, so I don't really know why it surprises you unless you think HAV is only flown by Cubana.


User currently offlineC010T3 From Brazil, joined Jul 2006, 3736 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 15105 times:

I'm so amused by this. It's capital-to-capital:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/U...1/history/20110731/1300Z/KIAD/MMUN


User currently offlinemurchmo From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 14800 times:

On the front page of Airliners.net under articles is a great story titled

"Nonstop to Havana: Better to be lucky than smart."

it's a great read.



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User currently offlinerobo65 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 14775 times:

Continental does fly scheduled charters from LAX and MIA to HAV. They are charted through a travel agency and all seats are sold through them.

User currently offlineHiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2177 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 13891 times:

and UA flew them thru the 90s with 747 and 777 and 767 and 757 at various times.

User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 23 hours ago) and read 12187 times:

There are international aviation agreements that allow for things like this. Cuba is a member country of those agreements. If an aircraft has an emergency, they offer a place to land and any ground emergency services that may be needed.

Anyway, UA sent another aircraft and picked up the passengers from this flight and got them to their destination, CUN.


User currently offlinethunder9 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 years 5 months 23 hours ago) and read 11938 times:

Quoting 777fan (Reply 5):
Seriously though, it would've been really interesting if they'd have headed to Key West (EYW) and its 4,800'

NQX (Key West NAS, Boca Chica Field) has one 10000 ft Rwy and two others another that are about 7100 ft, IIRC. Both of the shorter Rwys have about 1700 feet of comined overrun as well, so there was plenty of Rwy available there. I'm sure the crew determined that HAV was the nearest suitable airport for the emergency they were faced with.

-J



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User currently offlinemortkork From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 5 months 22 hours ago) and read 11016 times:

I'm not at all surprised by this. Friend and foe is obligated to aid the other in distress if needed unless in time of war. It's similar to the event I remembered reading about the US Navy in the Indian Ocean a couple of years back. They aided a North Korean ship harassed by pirates, gave medical attention to the crew, and escorted them to safer waters.

This just gets us excited again about what the future of U.S./Cuba relations might bring.


User currently offlinemir2069 From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 5 months 21 hours ago) and read 10892 times:

Out of Mia they operate as charter service.copa/taca/conti/eagle/allegiant all these airlines operate to Cuba out of MIa even tampa.It is considered humanitarian flights to to get by red tape but I here it is the most expense short flt average price 600-1500?

User currently offlineevanbu From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 5 months 21 hours ago) and read 10170 times:

CO sent an aircraft over from CUN to pick up the stranded pax and crew. Pretty crazy...

User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7818 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (3 years 5 months 20 hours ago) and read 9549 times:

Good to see that normal standards apply.

I remember seeing an Iran Air A300 sitting next to a NW DC10 at AMS, and thinking "pity that this is not happening in THR or MSP".


User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3380 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (3 years 5 months 19 hours ago) and read 8344 times:

Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 17):
thinking "pity that this is not happening in THR or MSP".

Well, it did happen once. Remember some years ago when the NW flight from India diverted to THR?



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User currently offlinegoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 7215 times:

The last statement of the article sounds funny but I think CNN is just avoiding any potential lawsuits due to the content of the article. By reminding the American public of federal law restrictions into Cuba, UA might take it as libel by CNN insinuating UA has no problem breaking federal law. That's at least what I got out of it.


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User currently offlinemaxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 1161 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (3 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 6280 times:

Quoting thunder9 (Reply 13):
NQX (Key West NAS, Boca Chica Field) has one 10000 ft Rwy and two others another that are about 7100 ft, IIRC. Both of the shorter Rwys have about 1700 feet of comined overrun as well, so there was plenty of Rwy available there. I'm sure the crew determined that HAV was the nearest suitable airport for the emergency they were faced with

I fly to CUN all the time and have considered exactly where I might divert for just such an emergency. Oddly enough, NQX is not in our nav database. I know about it from flight instructing out of EYW in the 1970s.

The UA guys might not even known NQX was there. Since I do, that would be my preferred choice. Nothing against HAV, I've flown there over 40 times. But NQX has military firefighting crews and is directly along the airway from CUN.


User currently offlineTCASAlert From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (3 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 6219 times:

Quoting ,reply=:
But crew members "noticed an unfamiliar smell in the cabin," said United Airlines spokesman Charlie Hobart.

That'll be Cuba then...   


In all seriousness though, I don't see why this is such a big deal - I mean it's not like they're landing in a warzone or anything.....it's only because of a little spat years ago.....

I mean if we stopped flying to every country we'd ever had a spat with we wouldn't be able to fly anywhere.....


User currently offlineNYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1388 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (3 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 6023 times:

Quoting mortkork (Reply 14):
I'm not at all surprised by this. Friend and foe is obligated to aid the other in distress if needed unless in time of war. It's similar to the event I remembered reading about the US Navy in the Indian Ocean a couple of years back. They aided a North Korean ship harassed by pirates, gave medical attention to the crew, and escorted them to safer waters.

I wonder what happens if an El Al plane has an emergency and has to divert to Iran?

For another thread, I suppose.


User currently offlineGrid From Kazakhstan, joined Apr 2010, 624 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 5935 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 2):
But it's not a regularly scheduled flight the way I understand it. You need special visas from the US and Cuba just to book that flight.

Marc

But if you can get a visa on arrival in Cuba, why would you need one to book? Or is tit only that flight that requires a visa to book?

Quoting NYCFlyer (Reply 22):
I wonder what happens if an El Al plane has an emergency and has to divert to Iran?

For another thread, I suppose.

Good question. I suppose it would divert anywhere else if possible.



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User currently offlinemigair54 From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 1925 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (3 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 5780 times:

Quoting Grid (Reply 23):
But if you can get a visa on arrival in Cuba, why would you need one to book? Or is tit only that flight that requires a visa to book?

Actually the problem is not Cuba, it´s in the USA, if you want you can go to Cuba via Bahamas, Dominican Republic or Mexico and get the visa 25 when getting into Cuba and 25 when leaving.

I really recommend all of you to visit Cuba, it a great place with great people, you´ll enjoy a lot there.

It´s not the first time an USA plane land in Cuba in emergency, no problem at all, I think they have some kind of agreement also just in case a Cuban plane land in USA when flying to Canada.

Quoting NYCFlyer (Reply 22):
I wonder what happens if an El Al plane has an emergency and has to divert to Iran?

I think they are not even allow to overfly, like Saudi Arabia.....


25 workhorse : Can't happen because El Al does never overfly Iran. But some time ago a US-registered airliner (NW, AFAIR) made an emergency landing in THR. And gues
26 tymnbalewne : I wonder if NAS Guantanamo Bay would ever be an option?
27 einsteinboricua : Apples and oranges here. US carriers don't face an overfly ban from Iran, despite relations between the two countries to be non-existent (someone cor
28 777fan : I think you're giving CNN too much credit! My guess is that whomever wrote the snippet thought they were adding something of value. Ha! I didn't even
29 CRFLY : I remember when LACSA (LR) used to fly from San Jose (SJO) to Toronto (YYZ), via Havana (HAV) in the late 90s, with the old 737-200s who had the range
30 D L X : My guess is that the US would reciprocate... but that the passengers might not reboard the craft.
31 777fan : Yes, and for some reason, I seem to recall a Cubana flight having to divert to the U.S. a few years ago. I may be totally getting my wires crossed or
32 AR385 : Exactly. I was aware of this company, but I was not aware that they were also prepared to service Airbus type aircraft. At the time I read the articl
33 D L X : If it were on fire, they would be. I think we give political asylum to Cubans like soccer moms give out candy at Halloween. Unless they play baseball
34 Post contains images CALTECH : "He also worked with co-workers in the Legal department to obtain clearance for the CO rescue aircraft from CUN to land at HAV." "Supervisor *** ****
35 sw733 : If El Al is coming from Asia, they usually go up the Gulf of Aden or Red Sea. They may clip the northern tip of Somalia at most, but then dart betwee
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