Just wondering if there is a thread on here or some other web site devoted solely to listing daily airliner flight diversions.
For example, today (1-10-08) Air Canada 190 [ACA190] from Victoria, BC [CYYJ] to Toronto [CYYZ] diverted to Calgary[CYYZ], apparently for passenger injuries because of air turbulence.
Maybe another thread/site for “Today’s Airline Flights Returned to Base.” Typically, this is because of developing weather at destination, or a mechancial or passenger problem.
I’m not sure what I would want to do with this information, but maybe the media/public could use it to tell something about the airline’s operational policies. Why do flights divert? Where do they usually divert to? Do some airlines routinely divert, while other hold enroute endlessly and then return to base? Why do flights take off when there is little hope of arriving at destination airport? Are some long haul flights routinely subjected to diversion, say, to Australia or Asia, particularly these new routes to Singapore, Beijing, Bangkok, and Hong Kong? Always interesting to see which westbound flights from Europe have to land in Canada or Bangor to refuel when there are terrific headwinds aloft. Same for Asian flights having to stop off in Anchorage/Fairbanks.
Personal experience has been with United. Because they allow ATC on there audio channels, coservations are fun to listen in on. Once flying from LAX to New Zealand [many years ago] diverted our 747 to Fiji because every airport in NZ was below certain minimums. San Fran to Hong Kong 747, diverted to Taipei, not enough fuel to make it to Hong Kong. Frankfurt to Dulles 777, diverted to O’Hare because of snow. Dulles to Denver 767, diverted to Lincoln, NE because of a passenger having some serious medical problem. Boy, did we ever dive into that airport!