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Gonzalo
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U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sat Jul 11, 2015 7:30 pm

U2 flight from NCL to ALC declared emergency (?) and diverted to Paris CDG due to limited supply of ...water.

Considering the flight time NCL-ALC is around 2 1/2 hours, three hours top, I have a couple of questions:

For such a short flight, How on Earth is an Emegency being low on water?
Since when a "limited supply of water" is enough to divert and delay the arrival scheduled time for two hours?
And why departed with a low quantity of water in the first place?

Answers?

http://avherald.com/h?article=48925ea5&opt=0

Rgds.,

G.

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barney captain
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sat Jul 11, 2015 7:34 pm

That makes absolutely no sense.
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sat Jul 11, 2015 7:59 pm

Quoting barney captain (Reply 1):
That makes absolutely no sense.

  
They picked up water and fuel.
I suspect it probably has to do with Ground Service/Catering issues between U2 and the service provider.
Probably something that has been festering. Make the service provider pay for the diversion in penalties then maybe they will not forget again.

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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:10 pm

Quoting Gonzalo (Thread starter):
For such a short flight, How on Earth is an Emegency being low on water?
Since when a "limited supply of water" is enough to divert and delay the arrival scheduled time for two hours?
And why departed with a low quantity of water in the first place?

What do think will happen if people cannot go to the toilets?
 
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:27 pm

Quoting LJ (Reply 3):
What do think will happen if people cannot go to the toilets?

Suction toilets use very little water to begin with, and will function just fine without any.

At least on the 737, the only thing potable water is used for is making coffee and lavatory sinks (and the small amount used when flushing).

Come to think of it, maybe that explains the emergency. No coffee!
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:34 am

Quoting LJ (Reply 3):
hat do think will happen if people cannot go to the toilets?

They still need handwashing supplies. And perhaps the got a msg that they would be unable to upload in ALC?
 
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:32 am

Seems strange, I just came of a NZ flight between SIN-AKL where we didnt have water for the final 4-5 hours of the flight. handwashing, no water left so they took water usually used for serving and put in the toilets etc. Was rather unorthodox and unhygienic but...

Why would U2 on shorthaul need to do this?
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:33 am

Quoting barney captain (Reply 4):
No coffee!

That would certainly be one of my hot buttons...  
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 4:04 am

I was on a Ukraine Int'l Airlines 767 from KBP to JFK in November and we didn't have water for the last 3 hours of the flight.

We did not divert or do anything of the sort.

Actually, I was the one who noticed the problem. I had gotten up to use the lavatory, and while washing my hands, a little water came out, then nothing. I tried again and again, but nothing.

I notified the flight attendant, and a few minutes later the pilot made an announcement that we ran out of water, but toilets still work fine.

No big deal without water.
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:04 am

Quoting Okie (Reply 2):
They picked up water and fuel.
I suspect it probably has to do with Ground Service/Catering issues between U2 and the service provider.
Probably something that has been festering. Make the service provider pay for the diversion in penalties then maybe they will not forget again

Now that's funny.
 
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:17 am

Either enough wasn't loaded (which happens and the Cabin Crew member in charge should had checked the potable water tank before take off, or it could had been a suspected more serious problem such as the potable water tank had l cracked/leaked etc so they diverted to check that had not happened.
 
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 7:11 am

Back in the sixties jets did have distilled water injection for the engines, but they haven't needed to have that in decades.
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:36 am

For flights under 4 hours U2 will only fill the water tanks to 70% capacity for a round trip. Potable water can be requested down route if needed in most destinations (except Greek Islands and a few others).

Abnormally high usage, a leaky tap or a delay on the ground resulting in a water service being carried out could all be causes of running out a little sooner than planned.

As for the diversion, who knows. I've run out of water a couple of times an hour or two prior to landing (also U2) and we just carried on with anti-bacterial hand gel in the toilets.
 
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:08 am

Quoting barney captain (Reply 4):
Come to think of it, maybe that explains the emergency. No coffee!

On a flight from NCL???? Only alcohol is drunk  
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:22 am

Quoting gkirk (Reply 13):
On a flight from NCL???? Only alcohol is drunk

No, no! The pilots running out of coffee is an emergency.   
 
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:26 am

Quoting rwessel (Reply 14):
No, no! The pilots running out of coffee is an emergency.

They drink alcohol too  
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:29 am

Quoting Eagleboy (Reply 5):
hey still need handwashing supplies. And perhaps the got a msg that they would be unable to upload in ALC?

I have been on more than one or two flights where there was no water for handwashing at all, with the sink filled up with hygenic hand towels (what's the correct English term for that...?). Mostly older regional turboprops where the airline apparently could not be bothered to provide water....
 
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:13 pm

Stop for water by all means, but in a very busy regulated airport - odd decision
 
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:18 pm

Just for comparison, don't Dash-8's only have hand gel in the lav's anyway, no water taps?
 
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 4:10 pm

Would have been cheaper to let people wash their hands with bottled water.
 
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:03 pm

I recently had a flight without any potable water on board. The FAs put water bottles and hand sanitizer in the lavs, and no coffee was served on the flight. Fortunately it was a short DAB-ATL flight so not very many people getting up to use the lavs.
 
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:38 pm

Quoting gkirk (Reply 13):

On a flight from NCL???? Only alcohol is drunk


I thought about NCL as in Norwegian Cruise Line, and was ready to pop a joke, as they are in the middle of running an all-inclusive promotion on the top-tier cabins. Most of my status and miles comes from chasing cruises, so when I see HAL and NCL pop up in here, I think of the cruise lines LOL
 
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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:42 pm

First the baggage door, now this! What will it be next?

Edit--ah, different "U2"   

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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:58 pm

Hmmmm. Water?

Now here is something that belongs on every aircraft minimum equipment list.......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKJkPOIM4Pc



                 

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RE: U2 Emergency Diversion Due To..."low On Water"

Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:02 pm

Quoting rwessel (Reply 14):
No, no! The pilots running out of coffee is an emergency.

Reminds me of this commercial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKJkPOIM4Pc

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