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In Brief: American Flight Diverts After Half of the Toilets Onboard Break

American Airlines 767-300 (Photo: AA)

American Airlines Flight 005 from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) was forced to make an unscheduled landing Sunday morning after half of the toilets onboard broke. Airline spokeswoman Alexis Aran Coello said three of the Boeing 767-300’s six toilets stopped working mid-flight and the aircraft, which was carrying 212 passengers and 10 crew members, was diverted to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The issue was remedied by maintenance crews at LAX, and the widebody resumed its journey to HNL about 2 ½ hours after diverting.

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sdsearch June 9, 2015

This same thing happened to me a few years ago, also on an AA 767-300 flight, which was flying from DFW to ZRH (Zurich) and got diverted to JFK. It seems that the toilets on that plane have their systems in pairs (to avoid all the toilets going out), and that's why if more than one toilet goes out (because of a central toilet problem), it's likely to be half of them, because half are on one system and the other half on another system. In my case, the delay was much greater, because the plane arrived at JFK after midnight, and they were not able to fix it fast enough for the flight to resume that night, and the flight got cancelled. So people needed to get rebooked on other flights from JFK the next day.