Artsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 35 Posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1909 times:
One of Continentals 777's just landed in Gander on its way to Paris CDG, as my girlfriend is working the flight, I am naturally curious as to what the reason is. If anyone has a clue, let me know.
Ps, dont say 'why dont I ask her', as I havent heard from her yet and probably wont until she gets to Paris
Artsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1637 times:
Just got the latest scoop on why the CO 777 was delayed so long in Gander. Apparently there was an ETOPS regulation problem due to the fact that the plane landed in Canada. While I would like this confirmed by 777gk or calpilot, all ETOPS certifications for Continental are actually for flights to and from the US only. As the flight landed in Canada, and then was to continue to Paris, the ETOPS certification was invalidated. Continental had to get Houston to get clearance from the Canadian Aviation authority to complete the journey. Secondly the crew had written up a small repair needing done in the log-book, and as it was a new flight from Gander to Paris, the mechanics had to repair it before the flight could continue.
I had no idea that the ETOPS certification was country specific. Anyone that wishes to shout at me about this, or flame me if I am wrong on the ETOPS ruling, can take it up with the pilot from the flight as he is the source of my info
Ps, the actual reason for the diversion was a passenger medical emergency (seizure), not a crew emergency as DeltaSFO had earlier stated
GlobalDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1622 times:
After reading all that transpired, it is amazing that CAL #10 was only 4.09hrs late into CDG. Landed in Gander at 3:24am, gate at 3:58, closed door again at 5:30 and finally took off at 8:40 am. It was that last wait that had to be so bad!