sanjet
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VIR15 Divert To YYR

Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:43 am

Sir Richard Branson might be wondering where the heck one of his 744 went. Flight Virgin 15 EGKK - KMCO. Divert due to medical emergency, landed and one of reverse thrust remained open upon landing. Airplane grounded, at least 350 passengers dressed to land in MCO land in YYR where it's currently -40 with wind chill. Yikes!

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/VIR15

Wonder the operational nightmare that this is going to cause!
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flydreamliner
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RE: VIR15 Divert To YYR

Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:56 am

how terrible. i hope the person with the medical emergency is at least alright.

that's something of a pickle, how to get those people out of YYR...... or even what to do with all of them while they are there.

what is the drill for a smaller airline like virgin with a smaller fleet on something like this, or can the reverse thruster likely be repaired quickly on site?
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jakob77
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RE: VIR15 Divert To YYR

Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:04 am

Quoting Sanjet (Thread starter):
Airplane grounded, at least 350 passengers dressed to land in MCO land in YYR where it's currently -40 with wind chill. Yikes!

thanks for the sarcasm!
but it's a mild 1-3C in Vancouver!
 
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LTU932
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RE: VIR15 Divert To YYR

Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:17 am

Quoting Jakob77 (Reply 2):
but it's a mild 1-3C in Vancouver!

He's not talking about Vancouver (YVR). The plane diverted to Goose Bay (YYR). The codes are similar but Vancouver does not have two Ys in its code.
 
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RE: VIR15 Divert To YYR

Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:17 pm

Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 1):
how terrible. i hope the person with the medical emergency is at least alright

I agree. But not too long ago there was another VS aircraft at YYZ. I remember being at the C28 gate and the huge 744 there. Wish I had my camera.
 
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RE: VIR15 Divert To YYR

Thu Jan 18, 2007 2:15 pm

Forgive my ignorance (newbie) but what was the significance of the thrust reverser remaining open upon landing? Also, anyone know when the stranded pax will make it down to not-so-sunny Orlando?
 
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RE: VIR15 Divert To YYR

Thu Jan 18, 2007 2:19 pm

Quoting MCO2BRS (Reply 5):
Forgive my ignorance (newbie) but what was the significance of the thrust reverser remaining open upon landing?

What the thread starter probably meant is that one of the thrust reversers remained open when it should have been closed upon going back to ground idle. It was stuck and couldn't be closed.
 
louA340
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RE: VIR15 Divert To YYR

Thu Jan 18, 2007 2:27 pm

Quoting MCO2BRS (Reply 5):
Forgive my ignorance (newbie) but what was the significance of the thrust reverser remaining open upon landing?

To my understanding I think he meant the reverser remained open even after the engines were returned to normal.
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Geo772
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RE: VIR15 Divert To YYR

Thu Jan 18, 2007 7:27 pm

Quoting MCO2BRS (Reply 5):
Forgive my ignorance (newbie) but what was the significance of the thrust reverser remaining open upon landing? Also, anyone know when the stranded pax will make it down to not-so-sunny Orlando?

A reverser staying open iss not good but can often just be manually wound back inspected andlocked out according to the MEL. However in the event of a gearbox problem or drive shaft shearing then it becomes a bit more serious and has to be fully repaired prior to flight again. This can be a bit of an awkward job in the hanger on some types - I'm not familiar with the CF6 engine on Virgins aircraft however in Goos Bay the weather will make it very hard work for the engineers involved.
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