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UA 179 (EWR-HKG) 19 Jan 2019 diverted YYR , passengers stuck on board for 13 hours

UA 179 (EWR-HKG) 19 Jan 2019 diverted YYR , passengers stuck on board for 13 hours

Old Jan 20, 19, 3:59 am
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UA 179 (EWR-HKG) 19 Jan 2019 diverted YYR , passengers stuck on board for 13 hours

UA 179 Jan 19 diverted to YYR. Anyone know what happened?

I'm on 179 on Tuesday. Was hoping the polar vortex got it to HKG early.
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Old Jan 20, 19, 4:28 am
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This was the same aircraft, 3010, that strangely flew AMA-EWR Friday night that I asked about in the winter storm Harper thread. Not sure if the issues are related.

They have aircraft 3016 set to go to Goose Bay this morning and return to EWR.
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Old Jan 20, 19, 4:33 am
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Airliners.net says a PAX has a seizure, leading to the diversion, and then the plane went MX.
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Old Jan 20, 19, 5:39 am
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Originally Posted by txaggiemiles View Post
This was the same aircraft, 3010, that strangely flew AMA-EWR Friday night that I asked about in the winter storm Harper thread. Not sure if the issues are related.
It was in Amarillo for over two weeks (~Jan 2 to ~Jan 18).
Perhaps new paint job?
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Old Jan 20, 19, 7:57 am
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It was in Amarillo for over two weeks (~Jan 2 to ~Jan 18).
Perhaps new paint job?
Thats what we figured out. Interesting it would divert on its first planned flight but sounds like it was passenger related.
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Old Jan 20, 19, 8:04 am
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Originally Posted by txaggiemiles View Post


Thats what we figured out. Interesting it would divert on its first planned flight but sounds like it was passenger related.
https://sites.google.com/site/united...fleet-tracking shows livery as GLOBE/19. Does the 19 indicate it was painted in 2019?
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Old Jan 20, 19, 10:06 am
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Originally Posted by txaggiemiles View Post


Thats what we figured out. Interesting it would divert on its first planned flight but sounds like it was passenger related.
Initially pax related but they had issues disarming door 3R. Managed it and offloaded pax but then couldn't re-arm slide raft on door 3R.
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Old Jan 20, 19, 10:27 am
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Originally Posted by dulcamara View Post
UA 179 Jan 19 diverted to YYR. Anyone know what happened?

.....

Indeed, YYR Goose Bay, Labrador.

Some really interesting posts and photos in this Twitter feed

https://twitter.com/hashtag/UA179?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

After more than 12 hours up there, quite a few with a great sense of humour.
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Old Jan 20, 19, 11:19 am
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United Airlines leaves passengers stuck on board for 13 hours

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfo...-bay-1.4985858

A United Airlines plane diverted to Goose Bay Airport in Labrador Saturday night has resulted in a lengthy stay on the tarmac, according to passengers stranded on the aircraft.

United Flight 179 travelling from Newark, N.J., to Hong Kong was diverted to Goose Bay, N.L., due to medical emergency, where medical personnel met the plane and brought the passenger to hospital.

However, a mechanical issue prevented the plane from taking off again. Passengers were not able to leave the aircraft because customs officers were not available overnight, United said.

Passengers told CBC News 250 people are on board and have been waiting more than 13 hours for a replacement airplane.
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Old Jan 20, 19, 11:25 am
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The thread title is misleading, by the terms of the CBC report which he himself posted.

As the report makes clear, the reason the passengers were refused offloading was that Canadian Customs (CBSA?) officers were not available and would not permit the passengers to be offloaded.

This was an unfortunate situation and it is far from the first time that CBSA has been intransigent in this situation, but the fact is that YYR is a long-established diversion point, medical emergencies occur, and this could have occurred on any air carrier operating over the North Atlantic.

Unfortunate, but not appropriately either a UA issue or one for which UA is blameworthy.
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Old Jan 20, 19, 11:26 am
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The thread title is misleading, by the terms of the CBC report which he himself posted.

As the report makes clear, the reason the passengers were refused offloading was that Canadian Customs (CBSA?) officers were not available and would not permit the passengers to be offloaded.

This was an unfortunate situation and it is far from the first time that CBSA has been intransigent in this situation, but the fact is that YYR is a long-established diversion point, medical emergencies occur, and this could have occurred on any air carrier operating over the North Atlantic.

Unfortunate, but not appropriately either a UA issue or one for which UA is blameworthy.
The article says: "However, a mechanical issue prevented the plane from taking off again."

Who is responsible for a mechanical issue on an United aircraft? United.
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Old Jan 20, 19, 11:35 am
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That's insanity! I don't care if customs officials couldn't meet the passengers at night. They should've cordoned off an area of the terminal and let them stay in the heated confines of the airport. The requirement that you must clear immigration/customs to be on Canadian soil is an urban legend. They do precisely this at YVR (HKG->JFK via YVR) and YYZ (INTL>INTL) all the time, why couldn't they make an exception for this rare incident! -30 is fine if you're a Northerner like myself but most people can't stand that type of temperature drop, certainly not the least of which for over a dozen hours. I'm sure the ETOPS plan of UA allows for just this incident to occur since they are supposed to stock at least an extra meal (or more) in such incidents.

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Old Jan 20, 19, 11:48 am
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Looks like they are [soon] going back to EWR on this plane: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N57016
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Old Jan 20, 19, 11:52 am
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Originally Posted by sincx View Post
The article says: "However, a mechanical issue prevented the plane from taking off again."

Who is responsible for a mechanical issue on an United aircraft? United.
You can't entirely blame UA on this issue. I doubt the latches on a 777 are designed to withstand -30 degree blasts. Airlines that fly up North typically have specially designed aircraft to deal with these harsh weather conditions. Heck where I was from, when the weather hit -10 it was a near guarantee the power windows would stop working!

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Old Jan 20, 19, 11:52 am
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It may have been an ETOPs rule violation if they could not get the pax and crew off the plane into adequate shelter in that harsh environment.
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