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‘Why Don’t They Just Land?’: Why the Best Diversion Airport May Not Be the Closest

While over 150,000 flights per day land at their intended destination, some divert due to weather, mechanical, or medical reasons. When a flight diverts, we’re often asked why the aircraft didn’t land at the nearest airport. While there are instances when landing as soon as possible is the best course of action—such as the recent Southwest flight 1380 or Air France flight 66 in 2017—most of the time the best outcome involves a more complicated calculation about where to divert a flight. (more…)

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Air France Flight AF66 Suffers Engine Failure over Greenland

On 30 September, Air France flight 66 en route from Paris to Los Angeles suffered an engine failure over Greenland, leading to a safe diversion to Goose Bay in Canada. The aircraft, an Airbus A380-861 powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, suffered a failure of the number 4 engine—the outer, right engine. (more…)

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A Quick Fix—Getting a 787 Back in the Air After a Diversion

On Wednesday, 12 October at 38,000 feet over the North Pacific Ocean, American Airlines flight 288 developed an issue with its number 2 engine, the General Electric GEnx-1B engine on the right hand side of the aircraft. The crew decided the best course of action was to divert the aircraft, but over the Pacific, options were limited. The nearest suitable runway was Cold Bay, Alaska, a town of just over 100 people. Even before the flight had landed in Cold Bay, American Airlines had begun a carefully coordinated scramble to get 100 passengers to their destination and their 787 back in the air. (more…)