|Quoting MDCJets (Reply 8):|
I have not heard of this happening before (being told to lie to passengers). Is this standard procedure? What if the captain had refused to lie?
Pilots having to lie is quit common, actually..."We expect maintenance to have us fixed and going in 10 minutes", "The ride today will be smooth without many bumps", and of course, all of the obvoius ones like "Of course I will respect you in the morning" and "I had 8000 hours PIC in lear jets by the time I was 24", etc.
A fuel stop fib is a pretty easy sell for a security diversion, if the cause wasn't obvious in the cabin already. Only someone reallly geeky about airliners (ie. anyone reading this) would wonder why a 767 was short on fuel if the flight was on time for arrival.
|Quoting stasisLAX (Reply 12):|
Thus, the F-15 scrambled and diversion to BGR to get the plane down as quickly as possible
Not sure on when the decision to land was, but it doesn't sound quite 'as soon as possible' since YYT
, and YQX
are generally all 'gotta land now' options (as we know, it doesn't happen every day, but those airports do get some unexpected spotting opportunities). F15's are fast, but they were there for the landing so they must have had some notice to get there from Cape Cod, suggesting the flight was not in a panic to land.
Bangor would of course be a better choice for US Air on a US bound flight if the landing is precautionary, not an emergency (customs / immigration, legal reasons, much easier to reroute pax, etc.).