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UA Flight returns to Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:05 pm

I've just been informed from my girlfriend that a UA flight has just landed in Sydney because someone invaded the cockpit. Might be old news, might be mis-informed - has anybody got any news on this.

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UA Flight returns to Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:08 pm

SkyNews is reporting attempted cockpit intrusion in Australia
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UA Flight returns to Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:10 pm

It was flight UA840 SYD - LAX. They didnt gain entry, but attempted to. It happened about 90 mins after takeoff from SYD. The capatin elected to return to SYD, no further comments released yet.

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UA Flight returns to Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:10 pm

Just saw on the 6pm news here...
The United Flight from Sydney - Los Angeles today turned around 90 minutes from Sydney as the captain believed there was a bomb on board.
The plane has returned to Sydney safely and has been quarantined. Bomb disposal experts are going over the plane now.
No other details at the moment - was just breaking news.
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UA Flight returns to Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:12 pm

on GMTV they have just said that the captain suspects there may be a bomb onboard the aircraft and that security guards are entering to check the aircrafts' hold.
 
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UA Flight returns to Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:12 pm

Thanks - got a call on my way to work! Glad everyone SEEMS to be OK.
Any further info would be good - UK news seems to be a bit sketchy.

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UA Flight returns to Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:14 pm

Have they evacuated the Airplane?
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UA Flight returns to Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:20 pm

GMTV have now just said that all the passengers are still onboard and the aircraft's still at the end of the runway
 
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UA Flight returns to Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:30 pm

Just how dangerous is this?
Are the passengers OK?
What AC is it... 777 - 747?
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UA Flight returns to Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:36 pm

Just updated on the news here in MEL...
Said that a message claiming that the aircraft is carrying a bomb was found on a sick bag, but likely a hoax.
Newsreader stressed that this report is unconfirmed at this stage though.
 
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UA Flight returns to Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:41 pm

VS773ER

The aircraft was a B744
 
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Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:50 pm

United Airlines have just confirmed that no one attempted to break into the cockpit, but have *not* denied that a note written on a sick bag was left on a seat.

They have also confirmed that the plane is *not* carrying a bomb on board.
 
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UA Flight returns to Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:51 pm

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp.) article, 6.35pm Sydney time:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1163182.htm

A United Airlines 747 has landed at Sydney airport, after what the Transport Department calls a "bomb scare" prompted the pilot to turn back 90 minutes into the flight to the US.

United Airlines flight 840 to Los Angeles has landed at an isolated terminal at Kingsford Smith Airport.

Sydney air traffic control describes the incident as a "non-specific threat" to the aircraft.

The scheduled flight was one-and-a-half hours into the journey to Los Angeles when it was turned around, dumping fuel on its return flight.

The 246 passengers and 18 crew on board the flight have been taken away by bus.

Fire trucks and ambulances have arrived at the airport as a precaution and traffic restrictions have been imposed around the airport.

Air space around the airport was temporarily shut to allow the plane to land.

The Transport Department says it will make a statement on the incident shortly.

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UA Flight returns to Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 6:10 pm

This is the second incident regarding security at SYD in the last couple of weeks. I heard of a KE flight having to turn back because one of it's passengers wasn't cleared to fly and was considered a threat.
 
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Tue Jul 27, 2004 6:14 pm

Just seen on Today Tonight

There was no attempt to break into cockpit, rather an object found onboard which warranted a return to SY.
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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 6:21 pm

I have just changed the heading, the initial news stories were quoting a cockpit entry.

N107UA was the plane registration. United 747-400;



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A bomb threat in a note found on board a United Airlines flight forced the plane to return to Sydney International Airport, a federal government spokesman said.

United Airlines flight 840 left Sydney bound for Los Angeles at about 3pm (AEST) with 246 passengers and crew on board.

But about 90 minutes later, the aircraft's pilot aborted the flight and decided to return to Sydney.

The Boeing 747 landed safely at about 5.45pm (AEST) and remained on the tarmac with all passengers aboard


Caused a few diversions, and a few delays.


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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 6:33 pm


Australia, U.S.: United Airlines flight forced to return to Sydney after threat
27-Jul-2004 08:50:36 AM (GMT) SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ A United Airlines flight from Australia to Los Angeles was forced to return to Sydney International Airport late Tuesday afternoon after a threat, media reported, citing federal police.

The flight, which took off at about 3 p.m. (0500 GMT) was 90 minutes into the flight when the pilot made the decision to return to Sydney, an airline spokesman told Australian Associated Press.

He would not detail the nature of any problems.

The flight landed safely in Sydney at about 5:45 p.m. (0745 GMT) and Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio reported passengers were being bussed off the aircraft at an isolated part of the airport.

Federal police told Seven News that the plane had received an unspecified threat.

The Boeing 747 was reportedly carrying about 200 passengers.

Roads leading to the airport also reportedly were closed off.

No further details were immediately available
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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 7:19 pm

News reports seem to have rejected the cockpit entry story. Prior to that the story was of a hydrolic system fire, and then that having returned to the terminal, an "object" was found.
 
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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 7:29 pm

Just heard on nine news that the crew found a note saying that there was a bomb on board. The aircraft is still being searched, and all the passengers and crew are reported to be safe.

Isn't this the second incident that is happening at SYD...a couple of weeks ago they caught a guy about to board a UA B744 SYD-LAX without a boarding pass. BTW, what happened to the flight marshals idea? Are there armed marshals on board the SYD-LAX flights now?
 
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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 7:33 pm

Who knows. But what good is a sky marshal in this situation, anyway?
 
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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 7:42 pm

Sad sad....

Dutch news site here:

http://www.nu.nl/news.jsp?n=366892&c=22

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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 7:45 pm

Just for the record - the Sky News version . . .

http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-1144882,00.html

And the BBC News version . . .

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3929093.stm



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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 9:15 pm

The aircraft is still sitting on runway 25. There are police cars and flood lights set up, so they must be settling in...
It seems the passengers and their luggage have been removed from the plane. If this is a hoax, I hope the perpetrators had a very good reason for doing this. Imagine having all of your travel plans and your holiday spirit darkened by having to return to an airport because someone said there was a bomb on board your plane!
 
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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 9:18 pm

I believe that flight originated in Melbourne? Anyway the last news bulletin stated that they are interviewing all the passengers from the aircraft & that they believe it is a hoax! I hope they string up the sick person who has done this!

From the pictures it looks as though the aircraft was towed or taxied to the hard stand near the old control tower here at Sydney airport, where lay over aircraft are often parked during their day-long, such as BA's B744's.

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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Tue Jul 27, 2004 9:28 pm

The remote stands do not have aircraft parking parallel to runway 25/07. I just drove past the airport and it looks as though the aircraft remains on the runway.
 
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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 1:24 am

Here is a pic of the Aircraft after the Emergency Landing...


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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 5:11 am

When something like this occurs what do they tell the passengers on board as to the reason for their return? Would they say there is a suspeceted bomb on board? That does not seem the right thing to do.
 
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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 8:03 am

On the radio this morning it said the plane was diverted on the basis of the word "BOB" (which MUST stand for "bomb-on-board") scrawled on an air sickness bag. If this is all there is to the event (which I doubt) it would seem to be something of a major over-reaction to me.

Which leaves us guessing as to why Bob would choose to write his name on the back of an air sick bag to begin with.
 
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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 8:49 am

United Airlines flight 840 to Los Angeles returned to Sydney on Tuesday afternoon after a sick bag with a note written on it was found in a toilet.

The crew feared letters written on the bag "B O B" represented the term "bomb on board". Mr Anderson said a thorough search had not found any indications of a bomb and the note was still be examined.


I think they did a very good job on the following ~ By waiting to tell the passengers.

None of the passengers knew of the bomb threat until they phoned relatives from mobile phones once they were safely inside the terminal.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/28/1090693991502.html
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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 8:56 am

to Los Angeles and New York returned to Sydney
Was the LAX-JFK leg supposed to switch equipment (from 744) at LAX?

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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 9:14 am

Was the LAX-JFK leg supposed to switch equipment (from 744) at LAX?

The onward leg is shown as being operated by a 767.

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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 9:38 am

The onward leg is shown as being operated by a 767.
Alright, that is what I thought it would be.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 10:18 am

OK guys,

What's the betting that "Bomb on Board" turns out to be "Best On Board" - written by one of the FAs from a previous flight to identify the best looking passenger?

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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 10:37 am

What's the betting that "Bomb on Board" turns out to be "Best On Board" - written by one of the FAs from a previous flight to identify the best looking passenger?

I highly doubt that, as the FAs might have suspected "Best on Board". Once again, do note that there was confusion if it said "bomb" or "bob", not any acronym confusion.  Big grin

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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 10:56 am

Will

Once again, do note that there was confusion if it said "bomb" or "bob", not any acronym confusion.

Actually Will, there is acronym confusion here in the Australian press. It is being reported simply that the message was "BOB" - so there is confusion as to whether this meant Best or Bomb.

See this story in the Age:

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/07/28/1090693999375.html?oneclick=true?


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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 11:42 am

Thanks for the update, as everything that I read suggested no acronym. I am just curious, is "BOB" a common acronym in the aviation world for "Bomb on board"?

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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 6:13 pm

BBC News have also picked up on the BOB referance as well:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3932143.stm

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RE: UA Flight Returns To Sydney?

Wed Jul 28, 2004 8:13 pm

...and another one...


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