A Boeing 767-300 aircraft operating as United Airlines flight 958 from Chicago to London diverted to rural Goose Bay in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador last week due to a mechanical issue which has yet to be officially identified publicly, according to numerous sources.
The 176 passengers aboard the aircraft were reportedly forced to endure near-freezing conditions in military barracks without heat for greater than 20 hours; and were outraged that the airline did not reach out to communicate with them pertaining to this incident. Meanwhile, members of the flight crew reportedly stayed at a hotel.
A replacement aircraft finally arrived at the airport — which serves the town of approximately 7,500 people — to bring the passengers to Newark Airport before continuing on to their original destination of Heathrow Airport, which is one of the international airports which serves the greater London metropolitan area.
Here is a first-hand account of the incident as reported by FlyerTalk member nautical, who was a passenger on the aircraft in question…
Two passengers were embroiled in a heated argument aboard an airplane which operated as United Airlines flight 1462 over seat recline on Sunday, August 24, 2014 — resulting in the airplane being diverted to Chicago, where police and agents of the Transportation Security Administration were summoned.
The fight reportedly started when…
Those who’ve visited Noumea know it is a small island airport, so an A380 diversion there is a big deal. When Qantas then sent backup crew on a 747, locals had the rare sight of 2 jumbos at their little airport. An FTer was onboard (of course) – read a first hand account of the A380 Noumea diversion.
I suppose passenger deaths in the air are an everyday occurrence. They happen often enough that Singapore Airlines even fitted out special corpse capsules on their A345 ultralonghaul aircraft.
If you’ve been following the news lately, you may have heard a passenger died on an AA flight with claims of insufficient treatment. As usual, FTers have their own take on events – both informed and not so informed. There’s an interesting debate on whether AA should have diverted to Miami or not.
Check out the discussion here.