edgaren
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Inflight emergencies and diversions tech aspect.

Wed May 17, 2017 6:05 pm

Hey guys, long time aneter here, first time starting a thread though. Ok Im somewhat curious regarding what goes behing scenes, anytime an inflight emergency occurs and diversions ensue. Last sunday Iberia 6673 Mad-Ccs had to divert to BGI enroute to ccs, supposedly one passenger had a heart attack so they had no choice but to stop, so medical assistance could be provided. Now as an aviation geek a few questions popped up in my mind, given BGI isnt an airport IB normally operates to/from, who handles that flight?, I mean refueling, weight and balance, I also understand that once some of the components of the medical kit have been used those need to be replenished before the flight can continue ? Given it was a heart attack I gather at least some of the supplemental oxygen was used, and one last question: wasnt it unusually long for the flight to have departed next day after 30 hours in Barbados ? yeah probably the crew must have gone illegal but wow 30 hours ?....

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FGITD
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Re: Inflight emergencies and diversions tech aspect.

Sat May 20, 2017 5:56 am

Can't speak for every airline, but most will have a database of some sort, with diversion airport information. Usually that will include even airports where the odds of a diversion are slim to none, and in some cases airline reps will actually do site inspection of the airport.

As soon as the airline knows their plane is going there, they're making phone calls. The airport operator, FBOs, fuelers, even hotels and transportation companies. Everyone needs to be informed and be ready, just in case.

Typically the common diversion airports will have this process down to a science. Airline calls the airport operator and they set up the rest.

Many airlines use a centralized load control, so regarding loading and W&B, they fax or email whatever load info is needed to a contact person at the diversion airport. Can also be done locally if anyone is trained.


Regarding the medical equipment replenishment...that I do not know.
 
jetwet1
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Re: Inflight emergencies and diversions tech aspect.

Sat May 20, 2017 8:18 am

In this case, as BGI gets many BA flights, i'm sure BA staff/contractors would have been able to assist the flight.
 
emiratesdriver
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Re: Inflight emergencies and diversions tech aspect.

Sat May 20, 2017 9:17 am

FGITD wrote:
Can't speak for every airline, but most will have a database of some sort, with diversion airport information. Usually that will include even airports where the odds of a diversion are slim to none, and in some cases airline reps will actually do site inspection of the airport.

As soon as the airline knows their plane is going there, they're making phone calls. The airport operator, FBOs, fuelers, even hotels and transportation companies. Everyone needs to be informed and be ready, just in case.

Typically the common diversion airports will have this process down to a science. Airline calls the airport operator and they set up the rest.

Many airlines use a centralized load control, so regarding loading and W&B, they fax or email whatever load info is needed to a contact person at the diversion airport. Can also be done locally if anyone is trained.


Regarding the medical equipment replenishment...that I do not know.


This pretty much covers it as far as EK is concerned, worth noting that if it's a sick pax, it's normally a quick LMC (last minute change) to the existing loadsheet for pax and bags, then it's merely an adjustment for the fuel uplift.
Generally the only real issues that present themselves are duty hours, an overweight landing/brake cooling, and engineering coverage.
 
Adispatcher
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Re: Inflight emergencies and diversions tech aspect.

Sat May 20, 2017 8:01 pm

And there is always a choice of whether or not to stop. A heart attack sucks, but you're likely not going to stop in Siberia or Africa if you were overflying it.
 
edgaren
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Re: Inflight emergencies and diversions tech aspect.

Sun May 21, 2017 2:56 pm

Thanks for your knowledgeable replies.
 
7673mech
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Re: Inflight emergencies and diversions tech aspect.

Fri May 26, 2017 2:58 pm

The O2 bottles - aircraft usually carry extra the required by MEL. So long as that number is not exceeded the can press on.

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