Have you had an 'incident' on-board your flight?

Due to a technical difficulty, we are diverting too…

Earlier this month flying FLYBE back from Edinburgh into East Midlands our captain came over the PA : "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, TO KEEP YOU IN THE LOOP, WE ARE IN A HOLDING PATTERN FOR EAST MIDLANDS HOWEVER WE ARE NUMBER 8 TO LAND. FOR THAT REASON, WE HAVE HAD TO DECLARE A FUEL RELATED INCIDENT AND ARE DIVERTING INTO BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT, WE WILL BE ON THE GROUND IN THE COMING MINUTES"

As a bit of an #AvGeek I’m sure you could imagine my excitement but seemingly to everyone else, this was a life or death moment!!

We landed safely at EGBB, was towed out to the apron and refuelled before taxing back out to RNY33 at EGBB and departing for the shortest, 10 minute flight into East Mids!

It really did make me wonder how often this kind of situation occurs.

So I ask, Have you had a 'technical difficulty, Emergency incident or MAYDAY moment on your flight, Thats resulted in a diversion, RTO or Go-Around?

Let the stories commence…

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In March 2016 my KLM flight (AMS-IAD) was delayed by 2 hours due to a computer issue. We ended up having a plane change.

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Haven’t had an “emergency” as such, but I’ve had a technical difficulty while on the plane on the ground. Last month going from MAN - MIA our A330-200 got pushed back from the stand. As we were about to taxi, the Captain came over the PA system and said that our lett hand engine wouldn’t start up and that a part needed to be replaced. It took 3 hours to do - and as well as a longer 9h 45m flight time due to headwids over the pond, we were on the aircraft for close to 13 hours.

On top of that once we landed at MIA, our connecting flight to GCM had pretty much closed so we had to stay overnight at the airport.

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OUCH!!! Thanks for the story

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Yes, had some poor old man suffer a heart attack just after take off on a Monarch Airbus A300 flight from Luton to Larnaca.

The cabin crew were amazing - straight in there helping him out.
This was back in 1995 so well before the modern internet tech and medical advice lines were mainstream.

We circled around for a bit and landed. Good news was the old guy made it down ok and recovered :)

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I was delayed three hours because of a tropical depression. And once a lady got scared because of wing-flex(they took her to the hospital), so and 1hour and 30 minute flight turned in to a 45 minute flight. Luckily that is the worst thats ever happened to me.

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Yes. I have been in two commercial airliner “incidences”. The first one was in 1997 taking off from DC. A large piece of ice flew up off the runway into the left engine causing a failure at rotation speed. Over shot the end of the runway and went off. Front gear collapsed.

Second incident was a blow out taking off KATL and damaging the rear landing gear. It retracted and they couldn’t get it back down. After being in a holding pattern for hours over FLL they decided to put it down with no right rear landing gear…I’ll never forget the “BRACE BRACE BRACE” and captain alerting us of a “strong impact on the bottom of the plane when we land, so be ready to move to the exits”

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WOW!! Amazing story, thanks for sharing!

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This isn’t really an emergency, but definitely a funny story nevertheless.

I was on a flight out of MSP and a woman was being extremely rude to to the flight attendant. (They were right behind me.) When the flight attendant told the woman to put her seat up for landing, she outright refused, and started swearing at the poor flight attendant.

When the plane landed, authorities came onto the plane to take the woman away. Now here is where it gets funny. After they escorted her out, a cop stayed behind and asked the what I assume boyfriend of the woman if he wanted to get off the plane with her. He didn’t just say no. He said “do I have to?” and the cop replied “nope.” He then said “I think I’ll stay here then” in an amused tone.

I caught a glimpse of the boyfriend while we were disembarking to wait for our connecting flight. Later, I saw the boyfriend board our connecting flight to Florida, without his girlfriend. XD

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That’s to good!

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Look up SK1209. I was on that Flight. Nuff’ Said. Didn’t fly in 2 years after that. And I don’t fly Dash 8s anymore. Sorry for the not so detailed explanation, but I don’t like talking about it really…

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Oh my! That’s seemed bad!

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Yep, that was not funny, fortunately I was pretty young so I didn’t quite understand what was going on (I was 6) But it has left a mark in me. I was scared of flying in a few years, and I’m not stepping my foot on a Dash 8.

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Wow! thats a story to tell! What happened after?!

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Yea, I’m sorry about that, must’ve been bad

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Yeah had one on BA62329(ZS-OAP) flight from PLZ- JNB. The right engine had ingested a large bird after a bird strike shortly after takeoff occurred rendering the right engine in operable. The captain turned the aircraft back to PLZ , while people where crying/screaming and praying which is understandable , but doesn’t help the situation. The right engine was pumping out some pretty dark smoke at first , but after a few minutes it stopped. We landed safely and everyone was clapping and shouting as if there football team had just won the Barclays Premier League ! I personally quite enjoyed it as i knew everything was going to be okay. I even offered my assistance , but apparently being grade 4 on Infinite Flight doesn’t count for anything these days, apparently if i was grade 5 it would of been a different story ! ;)

I do remember seeing one very flushed/stressed looking cabin crew member , which didn’t help to reassure passengers !

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It was 9 years ago, I was young so I can’t remember the small details. I just remember we left the cabin, my mom was carrying me - we had to wait outside the plane, about 150m away, and after that we was picked up and taken to the terminal where we got information, help, checked for injuries etc.

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That’s awful. Do you remember which side of the plane you were sitting on?

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Just once in a domestic flight from Panama City to David, a passenger suddenly was feeling ill. The plane was already descending to the airport when that happened. The passenger taken to the hospital shortly after landing.

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Man, I was gonna offer my assistance to IF that happend (or just force my assistance, both works)

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