On Thursday American’s flight from Dallas to Beijing diverted due to a medical issue on board. When a passenger faces an issue grave enough to try to land the plane right away you want it to land right away. But instead of the Boeing 787 following the original plan to land in Edmonton, Canada they had to divert again — to Calgary — because of a mechanical issue. The second diversion gave them access to a longer runway. (HT: Live and Let’s Fly)
— Beth Allan (@adolwyn) October 11, 2018
Another American Airlines international flight diverted this morning. American Airlines flight AA92 from Philadelphia to Zurich could not land “due to fog” according to a reader on board the aircraft. After circling the airport they flew to Frankfurt.
However Leonard B. tells me that once on the ground in Frankfurt they were unable to take off again for Zurich due to mechanical problems and an inability to find parts, but passengers were not permitted to deplane “due to customs” despite both Switzerland and Germany being a part of the Schengen Area. American normally flies Boeing 777-200s (from Dallas) and Airbus A330s (from Philadelphia) to Frankfurt, and not the Boeing 767 that diverted there.
When a plane has to divert you want the process to go as quickly as possible. At the end of a long transoceanic flight the last thing you want is to sit on the ground an extra four hours, not permitted to leave the aircraft. I have to feel especially for passengers in coach on that 767. American’s CEO himself says that plane is a bad experience and they know that their fleet of the aircraft has reliability issues.