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UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Mon May 08, 2006 3:57 am

My dad just called and said UA921 was diverted today enroute from LHR to IAD. They're on the ground right now at a Canadian Air Defence base (north of Quebec) with another plane scheduled to take them out at around 7:00.

He said the crew noticed (and he smelled) smoke in the cockpit a few miles off the Canadian coast and that the crew had taken to ripping up the floorboards on the 767 to get down there and try to find the cause of the problem. No luck, presumably, so they took the plane down.

All the passengers are okay, they were able to exit via airstairs (though on the way down the crew were preparing pax for a slide evacuation and had them in brace positions), and the Canadian Defence Forces are treating them with food from their mess and a chaplain and whatnot.

Lucky break. My dad, still with his wits about him, said "sorry, you don't get the inheritance quite yet."  rotfl  Still, as a 1K he's managed to be on a few diverted flights and said this was the most "urgent" he's ever been on.

If anyone has any more information on what's going on, it'd be greatly appreciated.
 
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RE: UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Mon May 08, 2006 4:09 am

According to UA website, they landed in YBG (Bagotville/Saguenay airport). For those of you who ant to locate it on a map, find Quebec city and go north. Glad to hear everybody made it safe and sorry to hear you didn't get rich today  Wink

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RE: UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Mon May 08, 2006 4:13 am

Well sounds like your dad had a more legitimately-diverted flight...a UA flight ORD-SAN last night was landed in DEN due to suspicious odors. The odors turned out to be from nail polish remover; a passenger was giving herself a manicure during the flight. Oops!  spin 

Haven't seen much on the news sites on the diversion to Canada.
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RE: UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Mon May 08, 2006 8:56 am

A ferry (rescue) 763 has been sent up from IAD with support staff (mechanics, CS and ramp peeps) and some MX parts onboard. 921 will continue later tonight into IAD from YBG with the substitute aircraft.
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ChiGB1973
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RE: UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Mon May 08, 2006 9:12 am

Quoting Symphonik (Thread starter):
He said the crew noticed (and he smelled) smoke in the cockpit a few miles off the Canadian coast and that the crew had taken to ripping up the floorboards on the 767 to get down there and try to find the cause of the problem. No luck, presumably, so they took the plane down.

That is dangerous if the decision to divert was made after they did not find anything. I feel relatively certain the diversion was not because nothing was found, but hopefully was headed towards the ground immediately. Don't screw around too long like Swiss did.

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RE: UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Mon May 08, 2006 10:14 am

 
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RE: UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Mon May 08, 2006 10:24 am

not a lot of people for a B767-300... no 

flight was around 64% full....
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RE: UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Mon May 08, 2006 11:47 pm

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 6):
not a lot of people for a B767-300...

flight was around 64% full....

64% full for LHR-IAD flight? How do they expect to make profits?

Anyway, glad that everything turned out okay, we don't want another SR 111 happening, especially in the eastern Canada...

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RE: UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Tue May 09, 2006 12:15 am

It's pretty weird that this came up today. Last night I watched a Nova documentary of Swiss Air flight 111, which attempted to divert to Halifax due to the same problme, but did not reach the airport in time. I highly recommend the documentary, which can be found on Netflix.
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RE: UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Tue May 09, 2006 1:02 am

Quoting Levg79 (Reply 7):
64% full for LHR-IAD flight? How do they expect to make profits?

Not every flight has to have 100% load factors to make money. For all we know the premium cabins could be full with economy close to empty or there could be lots of cargo. You can't just cancel a flight because you're not full. Plus the IAD-LHR flights could have full flights still resulting in route profitability. Don't assume that every flight is like this. It's also slow season. Schools are still in session so families aren't travelling yet.

Anyway, glad to see everything ended well.

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RE: UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Tue May 09, 2006 1:04 am

UA921 left YBG at 2254, arrived IAD 0046 (don't know if that was the original aircraft or the substitution).
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RE: UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Tue May 09, 2006 1:33 am

Aircraft involved was N649UA
 
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RE: UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Tue May 09, 2006 3:09 am

Quoting Symphonik (Thread starter):

He said the crew noticed (and he smelled) smoke in the cockpit a few miles off the Canadian coast and that the crew had taken to ripping up the floorboards on the 767 to get down there and try to find the cause of the problem.

FWIW, there's a hatch to the avionics bay aft of the cockpit. Figured I'd mention that before people started assuming they were tearing through metal floorboards...
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RE: UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Tue May 09, 2006 7:26 am

Quoting LH463 (Reply 8):
It's pretty weird that this came up today. Last night I watched a Nova documentary of Swiss Air flight 111, which attempted to divert to Halifax due to the same problme, but did not reach the airport in time. I highly recommend the documentary, which can be found on Netflix.

I am going to have to get it. That's why I posted earlier, they delayed too long trying to burn off fuel instead of landing the aircraft. tsk tsk

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 12):
FWIW, there's a hatch to the avionics bay aft of the cockpit. Figured I'd mention that before people started assuming they were tearing through metal floorboards...

Hatch or no hatch, flight crews are trained to rip up anything necessary to get to/attempt to get to the source. It's not far fetch at all and a good assumption.

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RE: UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Tue May 09, 2006 10:57 am

Quoting ChiGB1973 (Reply 13):
Hatch or no hatch, flight crews are trained to rip up anything necessary to get to/attempt to get to the source

That's true, as long as they don't forget that flying is their number one concern. EA 401 comes to mind.

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RE: UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Tue May 09, 2006 11:18 am

Quoting Levg79 (Reply 14):
That's true, as long as they don't forget that flying is their number one concern. EA 401 comes to mind.

Leo.

There is more to a flight crew than the flight deck crew. I agree with you though.

Quoting ChiGB1973 (Reply 4):
That is dangerous if the decision to divert was made after they did not find anything. I feel relatively certain the diversion was not because nothing was found, but hopefully was headed towards the ground immediately. Don't screw around too long like Swiss did.

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RE: UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Tue May 09, 2006 11:01 pm

Well, thanks everyone for the info. Agreed that the decision to rip up floorboards was probably done while preparations were being made to get the bird on the ground—keep in mind I was hearing this all secondhand.

What I'd love to hear is what the final outcome of the situation was—what caused the smoke, what the bird is doing now, etc. If anyone on the MX teams that were ferried in have any info, please post!

By the way, here is the article from the Edmonton Sun. There's not much.  Smile

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RE: UA921 LHR->IAD Diverted

Sun May 14, 2006 1:07 am

Quoting LH463 (Reply 8):
It's pretty weird that this came up today. Last night I watched a Nova documentary of Swiss Air flight 111, which attempted to divert to Halifax due to the same problme, but did not reach the airport in time. I highly recommend the documentary, which can be found on Netflix

I just watched this today. Definitely worth getting. It is a very good show. Very sad, but well documented, etc.

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