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Westjet (737) flight returns to YVR after hitting something.

Old 21st Mar 2010, 18:53
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Westjet (737) flight returns to YVR after hitting something.

bad reporting in this article.

WestJet flight makes emergency landing at YVR
A WestJet flight out of Vancouver on its way to Hawaii had to make an emergency landing late this afternoon.

The plane hit something in the air and turned around for precautionary reasons just after 5:30 p.m., said a Vancouver International Airport spokesperson.

All passengers are safe and airport authorities are investigating what happened.
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Old 21st Mar 2010, 21:06
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Mmmmm! I wonder what that "something" could be. I would love to see the NOTAM that's published afterward: "Use extreme caution for something out there". Hopefully they've removed [the something] by now and nobody will hit it anymore.
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Old 22nd Mar 2010, 10:29
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Vancouver to Hawai in a B737?
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Old 22nd Mar 2010, 10:45
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well its 2400NM = about 6hrs. combined with ETOPS 180 and a sharp pencil...
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I've seen a few home made hot air or gas balloons (of quite a size - 6 to 10 feet tall) floating about in the airways in my time.
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Old 22nd Mar 2010, 14:12
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Vancouver to Hawai in a B737?
Over 20 scheduled flights a week to Oahu, Maui and Hawaii. About six hours as FCSE said.
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Old 22nd Mar 2010, 15:27
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seen a few home made hot air or gas balloons
Made a few myself, midnight shift could get really boring at YVR.
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Old 22nd Mar 2010, 15:40
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Maybe a WJ dude can clarify, but I think they reduce the number of middle seat sales to offset the fuel requirement/ weight limitations for flights to the Hawian islands, especially from YYC.
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Old 22nd Mar 2010, 16:30
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Smoketrails, not that much different to Stockholm - Las Palmas which is regularly done by B737-800s.
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Old 22nd Mar 2010, 16:42
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Stockholm-Las Palmas isn't all over water.
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Old 22nd Mar 2010, 16:53
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Lets try that

Read recently about a guy who did that trip in a Bonanza. Turned back at the decision point. Makes the 73 trip a walk in the park, unless of course you ''hit something''.
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Old 22nd Mar 2010, 17:50
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...and not only over water, it's a lot rougher over the Pacific!
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Old 22nd Mar 2010, 18:39
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737 to Hawai

I took a recent 737-800 flight YVR to OGG on Westjet.
Seats were comfortable with a 34in pitch. Service good. No complaints.
Surely a narrow body plane has to qualify for ETOPS as rigorously as a widebody?
What is more interesting is what the plane hit.
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Old 22nd Mar 2010, 18:51
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..hhmm..

Ya don't have to be over water to be ETOPS.

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I was talking in terms of range not what's underneath. As for the Pacific being "rougher" I'm not quite sure what you mean by that. If you mean more prone to turbulence, it doesn't really matter if you're in a B737-800 or a B767-200/300. Rough air is rough air.
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Old 22nd Mar 2010, 20:22
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So, if they hit something, it was really a "near-miss".
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could it be fowl?
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Old 22nd Mar 2010, 20:39
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could it be fowl?
Yes, especially if it was one of Rollingthunder's gas ballons.

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Old 23rd Mar 2010, 02:45
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'twas fowl indeed...

From transport Canada's CADORS:

"Westjet Airlines Flight WJA1874, a Boeing B738 IFR Vancouver (CYVR) to Lihue HI, reported a bird strike departing Runway 26L. The runway was closed for inspection. After departure the pilot requested return to CYVR but needed to burn off fuel. At 210035Z the aircraft returned to CYVR and requested Crash & Fire Rescue stand-by. All agencies were notified. The aircraft landed safely at 210052Z on Runway 26L. "
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Canada Geese and Trumpeter Swans are common there. Both make major dents in aluminum.
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