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United flight diverted to Cuba due to 'unfamiliar' odor in plane

United flight diverted to Cuba due to 'unfamiliar' odor in plane

Old Aug 1, 11, 3:51 pm
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Originally Posted by ual1960
Havana sees numerous USA-registered planes daily including up to three AA 737s and regular UA flights as well. All are charters for the ever-booming legal traffic of people between South Florida and Cuba. Ground handling facilities are well in place for Airbuses and Boeings from western carriers.
What kind of "legal" traffic is there ? Just curious...
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Old Aug 1, 11, 3:56 pm
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Originally Posted by n198ua
What kind of "legal" traffic is there ? Just curious...

Terminal 2

International Charters Terminal 2 handles mainly schedule charter flights to and from Miami and New York for US residents with special permission from the United States government and Cuban citizens with US visas, the scheduled charters are operated by Gulfstream Air Charters, ABC Charters, Marazul Charters and C & T Charters. The terminal is located on the north side, just in front of runway 24 threshold. It was constructed in the 1988 when the first charter flights after the revolution were opened from Miami. There are bars, bookshops, newsagents, and also a restaurant on the second floor, as well as car rentals in the arrivals area.

In 2010 Terminal 2 went through remodeling and expansion.
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Aerocaribbean: Baracoa, Cayo Coco, Holgun, Managua, Santiago de Cuba, Belize City, Guatemala City
Aeroflot: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Aerogaviota: Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo del Sur, Cayo Santa Mara, Holgun, Kingston, Montego Bay, Nassau, Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad
Aeromxico: Cancn, Mexico City
Air Canada: Toronto-Pearson
Air Carabes: Pointe--Pitre
Air Europa: Madrid
Air France: Paris-Charles de Gaulle
American Airlines: Miami, New York-JFK, Tampa
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Bahamasair: Nassau
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Condor: Frankfurt
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Conviasa: Caracas
Copa Airlines: Panama City
Copa Airlines Colombia: Bogota
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Cubana de Aviacin: Bogota, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cancn, Caracas, London-Gatwick, Madrid, Mexico City, Montreal-Trudeau, Paris-Orly, Santo Domingo, Toronto-Pearson
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KLM: Amsterdam
Miami Air International: Miami
Neos: Milan-Malpensa
Sky King: Miami, New York-JFK
TAAG Angola Airlines: Luanda
TACA Airlines: San Salvador [resumes August 6]
TACA Airlines operated by Lacsa: San Jos (CR)
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Virgin Atlantic Airways: London-Gatwick

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Old Aug 1, 11, 6:45 pm
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During Safety of flight, any airport is available

UGM is a very capable runway and has civilian aircraft fly there on a semi-regular basis. There are several government-contracted flights into there. Most every military airframe can land there as well. Biggest concern is getting the cuban airspace for the visual approach.

No doubt UA coordinated with Cuban officials and determined the best airfield to land. As for landing at EYW, based on fuel and cargo, might not have been doable. I'm sure the Captain and crew would not be excited about attempting a landing that where none have them have before. Been on on the FL 737 though do stop quickly, they had some distance until they were in the foam over-run area.

Again, easier to land at a international airport that has normalised relationships with everyone except the US, then land somewhere the runway is very short or flighing to the other side of the island for another airfield.
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Old Aug 1, 11, 9:09 pm
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Originally Posted by oliver2002
This is a minor point, but DL doesn't fly 738s into EYW. It's a 73G (-700 series). For Flight Aware purposes this shows up at '737' whereas the '738' is an -800 series. They've also had the PMNW 319s on the route. I think weight restrictions are a serious concern for both A/C.

DL's policy is rather conservative baggage on EYW flights:

NOTE: All passengers traveling to or from Key West, Florida are limited to one checked bag. This supersedes all exceptions.

It's my understanding that these flights are still routinely weight restricted.
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Old Aug 3, 11, 2:51 pm
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Old Aug 3, 11, 6:08 pm
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Originally Posted by ESpen36
Doubtful. First of all, security concerns most likely would prevent the presence of a civilian aircraft on base. Too many tourists to point their cameras out the window and take photos of sensitive installations, equipment, personnel, etc.

Not true, Civilian aircraft can land at a military base in an emergency. Back around 2000/2001 when I was stationed at Whiteman AFB, MO (B-2 bomber base), we had a TWA MD-80 do an emergency landing at the base. Something happened to its engine cowl during flight.
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