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VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:50 pm

I haven't seen this story posted anywhere here ... But yesterday's evening flight VS25 operating between London Heathrow and New York JFK had to make an emergency landing in Gander.

Because of a shortage of available hotel rooms near the airport, it seems that many or most passengers had to sleep inside the airport terminal.

VS is flying out a replacement plane from the UK today. But it is not expected to depart Gander, for New York, until at least 1520hrs local time which equates to a delay of over 20 hours.

The news is starting to appear in the UK media. The picture shows a B747 but isn't this particular flight supposed to be operated by one of VS' newer A330-300s ?


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...heathrow-and-new-york-8773014.html
 
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:55 pm

Reflecting its flight number, I typed "Virgin 25" into Google and came back with a lot of intriguing links, e.g. "VIRGIN at 25. What can I do?" and "Still A Virgin At 25 - Time For An Escort??"   

I will now search for something more appropriate related to this story. :P
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:02 pm

The story is now breaking everywhere. Here's the BBC link:


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-23747391
 
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:10 pm

Well that explains the long line at the rebooking counter I saw this morning at Kennedy...poor agents, only two people to handle queue.
 
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:38 pm

Quoting LondonCity (Reply 2):

The story is now breaking everywhere. Here's the BBC link:


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...47391

Good to see that they changed the headline to Virgin passengers and not Heathrow.
 
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:42 pm

Yes Sky News running it now and played an interview with one of the passengers stranded.
 
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:44 pm

I'm amazed they didn't get any hotel rooms. When I passed through Gander they seemed to have several large hotels all built back in the jetset heyday of the 50's when Gander was a busy place.
 
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:53 pm

Quoting goosebayguy (Reply 6):
I'm amazed they didn't get any hotel rooms. When I passed through Gander they seemed to have several large hotels all built back in the jetset heyday of the 50's when Gander was a busy place.

According to the guy being interviewed they were on the aircraft for nearly two hours before being told to take their blankets with them into the terminal. The crew were bused to a hotel.
 
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:54 pm

FlightAware shows the diverted flight. I'm just wondering what happened?

http://uk.flightaware.com/live/fligh...5/history/20130817/1905Z/EGLL/CYQX
 
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:26 pm

Quoting luganopirate (Reply 8):
I'm just wondering what happened?

I guess the news will come out in stages. The media outlets employ fewer "news gatherers" at weekends (to save on staffing costs) so I believe this is why it has taken so long for the story to break.
 
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:32 pm

Diverted aircraft was A330-300 G-VRAY
Rescue aircraft is A340-600 G-VYOU

Source: http://www.thevssource.com
 
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:50 pm

Quoting goosebayguy (Reply 6):
I'm amazed they didn't get any hotel rooms.

It's Gander and it's Summer, probably the only time of the year they get tourists. Those hotel rooms were probably booked months in advance.
 
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:53 pm

Quoting airbazar (Reply 11):
It's Gander and it's Summer, probably the only time of the year they get tourists. Those hotel rooms were probably booked months in advance.

Well I guess if any passengers want to go to booking.com where there are rooms they can try to see if they can claim the money back when they get home.
 
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:56 pm

What happened to the famous "Gander 9/11" hospitality? The locals might have saved the day...again...given the chance.
 
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:04 pm

Interestingly enough, G-VRAY also operated VS25 on 11AUG, and turned back to LHR after experiencing engine issues.

An aviation journo was onboard and provided a running commentary of the events: http://twitter.com/thatjohn
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:17 pm

Hi Folks.
Had a similar experience at Gander a number of years ago - thankfully the airline were very professional and had accommodation arranged within the hour. After a number of hours sleep, a good (Canadian) breakfast, we were collected from the hotel, brought to the airport and continued on our way to MGA. Thanks to SU, and the staff at Gander for their very helpful and professional staff for a bad night handled well.
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Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:31 pm

 
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:35 pm

Any word on the reason for the fuel leak and almost running out?

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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:06 am

Wouldn't it have been faster to charter a Canadian carrier, or even U.S. like World to finish out the Gander-JFK run. Wouldn't they be able to get their faster?
 
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:32 am

Quoting spinkid (Reply 18):

Probably worked out a great deal cheaper to fly the A340 in from LHR
 
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RE: VS25 LHR-JFK Stranded Overnight In Gander

Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:24 pm

Quoting spinkid (Reply 18):
Wouldn't it have been faster to charter a Canadian carrier, or even U.S. like World to finish out the Gander-JFK run. Wouldn't they be able to get their faster?

First off extremely expensive. Second off, the chance of using a carrier like world is next to impossible on that short of notice.

Delta is the biggest charter carrier and probably could have come up with something, but between all the ad hoc NFL charters along with MLB charters using up planes and crew and it being summer season, DL would have struggled to come up with something quickly.
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