justplanecrazy
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Aircraft Diversions.

Fri Feb 18, 2005 12:48 pm

Does anyone know roughly what percentage of flights are diverted because of a medical emergency on board or for technical problems.Or the average number of hours an airliner will fly before it is diverted ?.ive flown 65 times most long haul but ive never been on a flight thats been diverted.
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RE: Aircraft Diversions.

Sat Feb 19, 2005 1:34 am

I remember flying ATA back in 1996 from IND. THe original flight(s) were IND-PIE-FLL (change planes at PIE--talking about history!). I think there were storms in FLL so they flew us to MIA and bussed us up to FLL. And to imagine that PIE was a "connecting" airport  Big thumbs up
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1MillionFlyer
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RE: Aircraft Diversions.

Sat Feb 19, 2005 2:07 am

In 1485 commercial flights I have been diverted exactly once.
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RE: Aircraft Diversions.

Sat Feb 19, 2005 4:07 am

In terms of actual percentages, I would guess something like 0.05% or less for medical emergencies and technical problems. Much more often, diversions occur due to weather.
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Goldenshield
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RE: Aircraft Diversions.

Sat Feb 19, 2005 4:10 am

Out of the 3200 flights that I have worked, I have only had to divert 1 due to a medical emergency.
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jayhup
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RE: Aircraft Diversions.

Sat Feb 19, 2005 4:38 am

Jeez...

I've been diverted three times:

LGA-DFW diverted to BHM (Birmingham, AL) for fuel.

LHR-JFK diverted back to LHR because of a flap problem.

LHR-JFK diverted back to LHR because we had no water on the a/c (don't ask!).

Nearly had a medical diversion on a DFW-ORD (they made an announcement in the cabin looking for a doctor) but fortunately we continued on...

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1MillionFlyer
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RE: Aircraft Diversions.

Sat Feb 19, 2005 4:55 am

whoops, I couldn't edit for some reason. I have been diverted 2 times in 1485 flights.

I had a coworker that had 2 diversions from MSP-SFO on the same flight for medical emergencies I guess he was cursed!
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justplanecrazy
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RE: Aircraft Diversions.

Sat Feb 19, 2005 7:09 pm

thanks for the replies,ive found some info on google as well.e.g deaths on board 0.05 per million passengers
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RE: Aircraft Diversions.

Sat Feb 19, 2005 7:38 pm

At a major US airline the overall diversion rate for all reasons is approximately nearly 1 in 1000 flights. This can covers everything from mechanical, weather and medical issues.
Obviously if weather hits a hub one can experience multiple diversions in one day, however other times the airline can go days if not a week or more without a single diversion.
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