|Quoting Tonymctigue (Reply 103):|
It appears that the heating element failed in the outer pane of glass on the captain's side, causing the glass to crack badly. The captain informed me that there was nothing to worry about and we proceeded to St Johns. I believe two fire trucks followed us in as a precaution, one of whom got stuck in the snow. The fire chief boarded to get the details and then bid us goodnight. Air Canada came on the scene then and within two hours had all passengers and crew in or en route to the Delta hotel. A hire-in was sourced in the form of a Euro Atlantic 757. The aircraft EI-LAX got back to Dublin at 8pm last night. St John's is very nice and the temperature hit a balmy -8C during the day.
A mini travelogue on my recent trip routing, YYZ
... I hope this doesn't count as a trip report, it's more of a tongue-in-cheek outlook on the inevitabilities of IROPS for the frequent traveler.
in the start of the storm, wait 90 mins in the deicing queue; glad I gave myself 3hr in BOS
to get to terminal E. Make a fateful decision to save my shampoo and check my carryon-size bag. Spend an hour in the EI
lounge at the end of the maze, have some wine. Board the flight, sit down in 4D
and choose OJ instead of Champagne, something isn't sitting well, I think it was the Jackson-Triggs from the lounge. Skip meal service, sign off on some crew-provided pills, and try to sleep. Really bad headache, damned wine.
Wow, plane descending already, I must've really conked out.. Wait, meal service still going on, hmmm? Pilot announces his windshield is fubar and were dropping into St John's, advises that nothing's "official" but we can be pretty sure we'll be there overnight. Start joking with my boss about crappy airline IROPS; notice glances from woman across the aisle, I think she's more nervous than she wants to let on. We're probably not helping. Land, notice blinkenlights adjacent to the runway, hmmm this must've be an emergency landing! Get to the gate, wait an hour, notice various yellowjackets and Air Canada staff wander in. 1 hour later, we can leave the plane in batches of 100 due to small transborder hall in YYT
. First in line, fill in my CBSA card like a seasoned Canadian; poor agents, they must've been called in just for this special shift. First in line at the terminal taxi queue organized by the codger manning the ground transportation desk. Load up a taxi with 5 pax and head into the great white yonder of St John's.
Arrive at the Delta St John's (Sheraton-type hotel) and staff is busy prepping keycards by the stack, labeled and ready to go. Sign my slip and provide the amex for incidentals. Go to my room, post something to A.net; naively set the wake-up for 6am in case we're ready to go. Wake up at 10am, apparently the alarm doesn't work. Delta has slipped an information summary under the door, in 6 languages; it's obvious they've done this before. Wander down and grab my free buffet breakfast at the bar. Then wander around downtown St John's looking for some toiletries, since I don't have my kit bag, and the amenities kit toothpaste tube would suit a garden gnome. Observe that the pious Newfoundlanders still close most of their stores on Sunday, doh! I'll try not to stink too much. Walk around for about 2 hours, cold but scenic. Snowy, and I only have shoes. Oh well, keep wandering. Get back, have free lunch at hotel restaurant. Casually wonder if EI
will charge me for the beers I order with the buffet. Info has now been posted that we're shipped out at 6pm on a 757. oops, that's a smaller plane... Notice that an hour later there's a call out for 10 volunteers... Hope I don't get bumped for duty travel. Do some work in the afternoon. And by "work", I mean "watch football."
Board the charter bus back to the airport, unload into the ACJazz check-in area; notice the bewildered looks of some legit Air Canada passengers, Strange Things Must be Afoot! Wait in line to be check in. Wait awhile. Notice that every other person has copious quantities of Duty Free booze that now needs to be checked -- no one seems to have planned for this, every box in the terminal is scrounged. Feel like offering to drink some of it for them, to speed things up. Clear security, and go to AC
lounge. Argue with lounge rep, yes we're allowed, we have AC
status; win argument, have some booze. Get on replacement plane, a small 757 in charter config, so I prepare to be a sardine for 6 hours. Spend 60 min de-icing, make it to SNN
. Yay, people clap, overall people are tolerant of the situation. Wait awhile in SNN
, too long. Finally, leave for DUB
, at least I have a row of 3 seats to myself now. Land, more clapping. Wait 50mins for baggage though, but finally get it, trip is over.
Meet up with contact and DUB
Airport for my work, at 9:25am, only 25min late. He graciously lets me go to a hotel and return "when I'm ready" and change out of my original clothes. Get to work at 1pm, and hope my return trip on Dec22 is better.