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Retireing Crashed Flight #'s  
User currently offlineUA752 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 142 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 11 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1033 times:

When airlines take out crashed flight numbers (United 232, Alaska 261, TWA 800, etc), is that the companies decision or is it required by the FAA? Just wondering, thanks!


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User currently offlineMonocleman From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 11 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 982 times:

I'm pretty sure it's the company's decision. Right after the TWA 800 crash, the JFK-ORY(?) route was renamed. Same planes (except for the crashed one, obvviously), same gates, same flight plan, but it had a different name. Hearing you've departed somewhere on what was a doomed flight can be a little uneasy.


User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 960 times:

As a contrast, Singapore kept Flight 6 for about three weeks before it was retired.

User currently offlineDash8tech From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 732 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (14 years 11 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 938 times:

It's up to the comapny, AS did it in honor of those lost.


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