2011-12-13 07:24:43 UTC
an Air Canada flight between Toronto and Beijing.
A newspaper article briefly (before it was pulled) showed a picture of
the aircraft's navigation display as well as lot of "colour" to the
story of the 2 drunks.
The plane was on a arctic/polar route, probably north west of Inuvik and
they decided to head south and land in Vancouver instead fo Anchorage
because many passengers were chinese and did not have visas to enter the
I suspect pilots also had duty limits in their mind and realised that if
they landed anywhere to unload those 2 pax, they wouldn't be able to
complete the flight anyways so going to a large base would then make
sense since pax could be accomodated with another plane/crew.
In the case of ETOPS operations, are pilots still forced to land at the
nearest airport due to loss of engine ? Or do they now have a bit more
flxibility to choose where they will land in order to reduce immigration
issues, or reach an airport with better maintenance/hotels etc ?
If you're certified for 240 minutes on one engine, shouldn't you be able
to use perhaps at least half of it to reach a more suitable airport
instead of landing asap ?
Also, are there treaties which isolate/protect passengers who land due
to ETOPS emergency. Say a chinese dissident is flying from Canada to
Singapore, and the plane is forced to land in China. Would he get any
protection or would the chinese be able to arrest him the minute the
plane landed ?
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