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Retireing Crashed Flight #'s

Wed Jun 27, 2001 10:47 am

When airlines take out crashed flight numbers (United 232, Alaska 261, TWA 800, etc), is that the companies decision or is it required by the FAA? Just wondering, thanks!

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RE: Retireing Crashed Flight #'s

Thu Jun 28, 2001 5:48 am

I'm pretty sure it's the company's decision. Right after the TWA 800 crash, the JFK-ORY(?) route was renamed. Same planes (except for the crashed one, obvviously), same gates, same flight plan, but it had a different name. Hearing you've departed somewhere on what was a doomed flight can be a little uneasy.

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RE: Retireing Crashed Flight #'s

Thu Jun 28, 2001 8:57 am

As a contrast, Singapore kept Flight 6 for about three weeks before it was retired.
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RE: Retireing Crashed Flight #'s

Thu Jun 28, 2001 8:55 pm

It's up to the comapny, AS did it in honor of those lost.


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