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LH A380 To IAH Diverted To KEF

Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:49 am

LH flight 440 (A380 D-AIMJ) from FRA to IAH is diverted today to KEF. Any infos on that ?

[Edited 2013-08-06 04:54:16]

[Edited 2013-08-06 05:21:32]
 
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RE: LH A380 To IAH Diverted To KEF

Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:11 pm

It is estimated to leave KEF at 1315z but I can't find any reason for the diversion.

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RE: LH A380 To IAH Diverted To KEF

Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:23 pm

Yes, it should depart soon. Probably a medical emergency and no tech problem.
 
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RE: LH A380 To IAH Diverted To KEF

Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:01 am

I was wondering why its departure from IAH was delayed until 6pm today.
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RE: LH A380 To IAH Diverted To KEF

Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:23 pm

I was on the flight. A young child got sick. We were due south of Keflavik and they announced the diversion. We flew 45 minutes north and dumped fuel along the way. After landing, an ambulance came and took the child and his family off. It took about 90 minutes to refuel and we arrived in Houston 2 1/2 hours late.
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RE: LH A380 To IAH Diverted To KEF

Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:27 pm



Here's a pic from the flight screen. I'm glad I snapped it when I did because even though they had the tail, nose and underbelly cameras on for takeoff in Frankfurt and landing in Houston, they turned them off for the diversion. The flight data screen with speed, altitude and estimated time of arrival was also switched off. That, and the entertainment system weren't reactivated until 20 minutes after takeoff from Keflavik.

I will be posting a trip report in a few days.
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RE: LH A380 To IAH Diverted To KEF

Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:37 pm

Why did they feel they needed to do that?
 
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RE: LH A380 To IAH Diverted To KEF

Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:12 pm

Apparently the child was in a life-threatening emergency situation. I can't think of any other reason why they'd dump thousands of Euros worth of fuel...
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RE: LH A380 To IAH Diverted To KEF

Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:44 pm

Quoting tommy525 (Reply 6):
Why did they feel they needed to do that?

It depends on the situation of the patient. If a doctor is on board, he can take care of the patient. If the condition is critical you need to divert and get some help for the patient. We can even call a medical helpline via Sat phone to get some assistance.
And I am sure all available sources were contacted and they came to the decision that a diversion would be best for the health of the kid.

Quoting flyTPA (Reply 7):
I can't think of any other reason why they'd dump thousands of Euros worth of fuel...

Not only the fuel costs... A diversion is pretty expensive, but of course the health of the patient is more important.

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RE: LH A380 To IAH Diverted To KEF

Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:54 am

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 8):
A diversion is pretty expensive, but of course the health of the patient is more important.

Is this sort of thing insured for? Or, does the airline just have to take the hit as a risk of doing business?
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RE: LH A380 To IAH Diverted To KEF

Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:24 am

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 9):
Is this sort of thing insured for? Or, does the airline just have to take the hit as a risk of doing business?

No, there is no insurance for it. The airline pays for it.

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RE: LH A380 To IAH Diverted To KEF

Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:30 pm

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 10):

No, there is no insurance for it. The airline pays for it.

That's cool. I mean, in all other emergency situations, no matter if you're lost in some rainforest, on a cruise, everywhere else, and you need to be flown out, you pay for it. Sometimes even embassies let you pay if you want to be part of major evacuation programs in countries where i.e. political conflicts occur...

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