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Old 7th Jan 2017, 20:16   #1 (permalink)
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F/A Sues Airline for 'Scary Flight'

Air Canada employee files lawsuit over scary incident aboard flight | Vancouver Sun

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An Air Canada employee has filed a lawsuit against the airline and the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal over a scary incident aboard a May 2012 flight from Tokyo to Vancouver.

Kelly Zechel, a flight attendant for 22 years, and others on the plane noticed an acrid smell, like burning wiring, in the aircraft cabin when the plane was about two hours away from Vancouver International Airport.

Searching for the source of the smell as it became stronger, Zechel and a relief pilot pried off one of the panels in the interior cabin. They found no flames, just an acrid smell that irritated Zechel’s throat and respiratory system.

The pilots aboard the plane sought a priority landing and picked up the aircraft’s speed to ensure faster arrival.

One of the pilots told Zechel that F18 fighter jets might be deployed to escort the plane into Vancouver, according to Zechel’s petition filed in B.C. Supreme Court.


When the aircraft landed, fire rescue officials entered the plane and found a visible haze in the cabin.

Zechel and the other crew members were told that the cause of the smell was on overheated entertainment system.

She was also told by one of her colleagues that the reason for calling other planes to escort a plane is to, if necessary, “shoot down” the plane to ensure that it does not crash in a populated area, says the petition.

“Although no escort planes were involved that day, Ms. Zechel was distressed that the situation could have warranted such a response.”

Zechel says she saw a doctor to deal with symptoms she suffered arising from the incident, was diagnosed with a psychological injury from the stress as well as lung irritation, and was off work for more than a week.
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To shoot down the plane eh?
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To shoot down the plane eh?
Seriously. Right? It makes me wonder if any of them have a ******* clue? I can't believe her lawyer would run with this. ..
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Geez this just boogles the mind. I would hope it gets laughed out of court.
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It could have become a big problem. Swiss Air? Overheated entertainment system? Then there's this:
Accident: US Airways B762 near St. Thomas on Jan 16th 2010, odour on board, both flight crew received permanent injuries, captain later died
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I was commenting on the shoot down threat refered to not the actual problem with the aircraft.
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Seriously. Right? It makes me wonder if any of them have a ******* clue? I can't believe her lawyer would run with this.
I have a friend who suffered from a bit of anxiety to begin with. Then he worked for many years as ground staff (cust. svc) for a US major. On a daily basis he heard about various incidents, accidents, "scary" reports from the airline & union (security / terrorism alerts), etc.

He was always full of stories about lap babies hitting the ceiling during turbulence, cabin crew getting clobbered by wayward trollies, various smoke / fire incidents, bird strikes, engine failures, alleged "dry runs" by middle-eastern persons, etc. By the time he left the airline he was a paranoid wreck about flying and it took him awhile to recover.

So I can see an F/A after 22 years of "seeing everything" thought her number was up that day, over something relatively benign. It happens -- a form of accumulated PTSD, a real mental illness. The "shoot down" comment fits into this developed paranoia.

Or alternatively, it's all just about $$$. Who knows?
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Seriously. Right? It makes me wonder if any of them have a ******* clue? I can't believe her lawyer would run with this.
So, if fighters are sent up in such a situation, what are they for? Most importantly, would they be armed? If the idea is simply to make sure the airliner doesn't get lost (overstressed crew, etc.) why not send a Citation or similar to keep an eye on it?
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If the idea is simply to make sure the airliner doesn't get lost (overstressed crew, etc.) why not send a Citation or similar to keep an eye on it?
Because the f-18's are already a part of the emergency response system

Because there are F-18's and pilots already on alert and prepared to launch rapidly.

Because most Citations would bet left in the dust by most large jetliners.

Because F-18 pilots are trained and experienced in intercepting other aircraft.

Because F-18's are equipped with radar that enables intercepting other aircraft.

Because F-18 pilots are trained and experienced in flying formation.

Is that enough, or do you want me to continue?
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So, if fighters are sent up in such a situation, what are they for?
They aren't.

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