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Air Canada 767-300 emergency landing at YVR(leaky windshield)

Old 22nd Aug 2010, 00:25
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Air Canada 767-300 emergency landing at YVR(leaky windshield)

Air Canada flight makes emergency landing at YVR
An Air Canada Boeing 767 with 106 passengers on board made an emergency landing at Vancouver International Airport this morning shortly after taking off bound for Shanghai.

Air Canada flight 025 landed safely and returned to the gate shortly after departing at 11:04 a.m. Saturday morning.

Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah said the pilot detected a whistling sound coming from a window in the cockpit during the plane's ascent immediately after take-off.

Mah said the pilot and co-pilot decided to turn back while climbing to about 14,000 feet, and made an emergency landing at YVR.

Mah said the passengers will board a different plane bound for Shanghai later this afternoon while maintenance crews make the necessary repairs to the Boeing 767.

Richmond fire and rescue services responded to the call of an emergency landing at the airport but were not needed.

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Old 22nd Aug 2010, 01:15
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Funny how the word emergency comes up in the Vancouver Sun!

The Aviation Herald account uses no such word - typical anti-AC bias IMHO.
Incident: Air Canada B763 near Vancouver on Aug 21st 2010, whistling sound from windshield
By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Aug 21st 2010 21:55Z, last updated Saturday, Aug 21st 2010 22:03Z
An Air Canada Boeing 767-300, registration C-GHLV performing flight AC-25 from Vancouver,BC (Canada) to Shanghai (China) with 166 passengers and 9 crew, had already reached FL300 110nm northnorthwest of Vancouver about 20 minutes into the flight, when the crew decided to return to Vancouver. The airplane entered a holding at 14000 feet for about 20 minutes, the crew indicated they would prefer to not perform a visual approach. The airplane landed safely on runway 08R about one hour after departure.

Air Canada reported, that the crew noticed a whistling sound from the windshield and decided to return as a precaution.

A replacement aircraft is expected to perform the flight, the arrival in Shanghai is currently estimated with a delay of 13.5 hours.


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Old 22nd Aug 2010, 01:46
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Perspective is needed when these things occur. Clearly it is a slow-media day.

This is hardly an "emergency landing" and hardly a "story" worth posting let alone reporting. PPRuNe would be choked with such "emergencies" if the daily pageant were reported.


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Old 22nd Aug 2010, 01:58
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A whistling sound and they make an air return? Just stick a chewing gum in wherever the sound is coming from and keep going
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Old 22nd Aug 2010, 01:58
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Surely it should read something like this....

Air Canada B767 returns to YVR with a leaky windshield seal, pilots elected to discontinue flight as it would be easier and cheaper to have the seal checked or the windshield replaced at the Air Canada engineering facility at YVR than continue downroute to Shanghai, where upon inspection it may render the aircraft unserviceable.

Hardly in any terms an emergency landing.
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Old 22nd Aug 2010, 02:20
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A whistling sound and they make an air return? Just stick a chewing gum in wherever the sound is coming from and keep going
And, in the good old days, if you could not find the exact spot we would light up a cigarette and watch the smoke trail....
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Old 22nd Aug 2010, 14:01
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DV window?
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Old 22nd Aug 2010, 14:16
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The ARFF were dispatched to monitor the landing. To the feeble minds of the meeja that's enough to qualify as an 'emergency'.
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Old 22nd Aug 2010, 14:23
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all they needed to do was Dial Autoglass and perhaps that nice man would
have come and fixed it .
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Old 22nd Aug 2010, 15:51
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Maybe the crew was aware of the previous 'well known to some people' BAC 1-11 inflight flight deck window failure and what effect it had on that aircraft's crew and the safety of that flight!

This being Flight BA 5390 from Birmingham, England on Sunday, 10 June, 1990 en route to Malaga, Spain. If it works, the following link descibes what happened: -
BBC - h2g2 - Oh, What a Flight! - the Story of BA 5390

Given that knowledge, perhaps they thought it wise to get the concern further investigated by an Engineer rather than 'assume' that all would be fine for the rest of the flight. Maybe the crew was aware of some recent window related maintenance having been carried out or some other factors that may have given them particular cause for concern during their flight? I do not know the facts surrounding this event but I doubt that their decision would have been taken lightly.
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Old 22nd Aug 2010, 18:10
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I'm sure that during the time airborne the flight crew consulted their engineering colleagues on the ground and a joint decision was arrived at after all the permutations were considered.

One of which would have been the possible implications to the return service in Shanghai. Often it is the better option to return the aircraft for repair at a main base rather than have it stranded downroute awaiting spares etc.

As is often said, 'nothing to see folks, move along ...'
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Old 25th Aug 2010, 13:36
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Diverted to RJAA

I have just seen this ship divert to Narita as ACA026 from Pudong. Didn't catch all the chatter but the pilot seemed to have difficulty hearing the controller as each time he asked twice for confirmation of heading, clearance etc...

Some Made in Japan glue should fix her this time.

11:00 JST - departed RJAA

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