virgin747
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Air France 777 In Churchill Canada

Fri Oct 18, 2002 12:26 pm

A Boeing 777 of Air France landed in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada due to smoke in the cockpit.
http://winnipeg.cbc.ca/template/servlet/View?filename=mb_churchilljet021017
The two jets in the article have been identified as Air Canada 737s, which left this evening.
 
flpuck6
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RE: Air France 777 In Churchill Canada

Fri Oct 18, 2002 12:31 pm

Registration is F-GSPZ, was heading to LAX.

Saw that in the system and was wondering what happened.

-Chris / BOSKLAF
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AWspicious
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RE: Air France 777 In Churchill Canada

Fri Oct 18, 2002 3:54 pm

Why does Air France need to send two aircraft to Churchill... If only one brought them in?


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teva
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RE: Air France 777 In Churchill Canada

Fri Oct 18, 2002 6:18 pm

AWspicious,
in his post, Virgin747 mentions 2 AC737.
Maybe those 737s are two small to carry all the pax.
but it is faster to lease those 2 planes than ferry a 777 from CDG .
In this case, the most improtant is the passenger.
Their safety first, by landing the plane
Then, minimising the inconvenience by finding the fastes way to send them to their final destination.
a job well done by the crew and AF
Teva
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RE: Air France 777 In Churchill Canada

Fri Oct 18, 2002 9:00 pm

It was mentioned on the radio this morning that the passengers had to get out using the chutes. The airport had no suitable equipment for getting pax out of a 777.

 
MIA777
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RE: Air France 777 In Churchill Canada

Fri Oct 18, 2002 9:23 pm

must have been quite a suprise to that seemingly lonely little town....a 777...surely they won't see one of those again...

MIA777
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RE: Air France 777 In Churchill Canada

Fri Oct 18, 2002 10:11 pm

Large planes do land the odd time, usually on their way from Europe to the West Coast. A couple of years ago, a United jet (a 767, I think) had to land there after an engine failure.

 
AWspicious
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RE: Air France 777 In Churchill Canada

Sat Oct 19, 2002 12:31 am

Teva;
I was quoting the article. You did read the article, I presume?


AWspicious
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John
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RE: Air France 777 In Churchill Canada

Sat Oct 19, 2002 12:47 am

How long is the runway there?
 
AC183
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RE: Air France 777 In Churchill Canada

Sat Oct 19, 2002 2:11 am

YYQ's longest runway is 9200 feet.

The town sees heavies diverted there every few years, but not that often. Population is only about 2000.
 
flpuck6
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RE: Air France 777 In Churchill Canada

Sat Oct 19, 2002 8:50 am

Lol, AF doesn't have enough planes to be able to ferry a plane to retrieve stranded passengers!

-Chris
Bonjour Chef!
 
WG YQT
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RE: Air France 777 In Churchill Canada

Sat Oct 19, 2002 8:57 am

Yes they did indeed have to use the chutes to get the pax out of the aircraft. I know AF was searching for an a/c of comparable size to take the pax on to LAX, BUT, remember if they used the chutes to get out, how they hell would they board another B777 or A330???????

Hence, the two B737's with integral airstairs that iare self-loading - problem averted with respect to boarding.

Can you imagine this announcement "Ladies and Gentlemen in order to re-embark our aircraft today you will be required to climb a 24' extension ladder, all wheelchair pax & those unable to climb will be left behind and last one on must kick the ladder away......... encore une fois, merci d'avoir choisi Air France"

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RE: Air France 777 In Churchill Canada

Sat Oct 19, 2002 8:59 am

Churchill, Frobisher-Iqaluit, Sonderstrom, Keflavik are all available for landing on flights from West Coast - Europe routes...
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hkgspotter1
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RE: Air France 777 In Churchill Canada

Sat Oct 19, 2002 10:37 am

F-GSPZ, the newest in their fleet !!
 
virgin747
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RE: Air France 777 In Churchill Canada

Sat Oct 19, 2002 11:24 am

Ok new update, read the paper this morning, and it was only one plane they used to make two trips. Sorry for the mix up.

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