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United Airlines captain aborts transatlantic journey; diverts plane to Heathrow for additional de-icing

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Ninety minutes after taking off from Brussels pilot decides he is not satisfied with de-icing. (www.dailymail.co.uk) Más...

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preacher1
preacher1 15
After being airborne for an hour and a half, there is bound to be something else here not being told. The de-icing generally gets you off the ground in good stead. An hour and a half into the flight would indicate something to me. IMHO
cm5299
Chuck Me 6
I bet we are being told everything. I'd bet the reporter just didn't understand when they were told and paraphrased incorrectly. We know reporters and airplanes are like oil and water.

Reporter probably told there was a problem with anti ice system. Article actually quotes UA saying mechanical issue.
asellitto
A Sellitto 1
Reporter must have been a relative of Ashleigh Banfield, the ditzy blonde CNN reporter who gets everything wrong when it comes to aircraft.
preacher1
preacher1 1
10-4, makes since, particularly since it was the daily mail.
chris13
Chris Bryant 2
Yeah, I'm with you on this one. This is too odd and deicing is BS. If you're not properly deiced, you don't take off. 90 minutes in, there should be no ice on the aircraft at all.
preacher1
preacher1 3
That's kinda what sounded fishy to me. If something on the plane ain't working to keep the ice off, that's one thing but it didn't say anything about that. Don't they know we have to have detail. LOL
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Unless it was the frost-free compartment on the Flight Deck Refrigerator... not likely.
btweston
btweston 0
Bear in mind that the Daily Mail is the UK version of the National Inquirer. I guarantee that there is more to the story, but this is what we get.
hilltop180
hilltop180 3
Ice sublimates above 250kt. To take off, climb, and cruise for 90 minutes would remove any amount of residual ice left by a bad de-ice job. United is hiding something, landing because of ice is BS. Shame on United for lying.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL951/history/20141227/1110Z/EBBR/KBOS
seems to indicate diversion was to KBOS rather than EGGL. Potayto, Potahto
Sean24
Sean24 2
Anti-ICE EICAS message rt ENG
727stretch
727stretch 1
Yep, i bet this was an anti-ice valve issue or something similar - not DE-icing issue.
EbunkerD
Erik Davis 1
If the flight in question diverted due to de-icing, then the Earth is flat! The real reason will soon be uncovered. What makes me mad about this is United's pilot and or their PR arm thinks the public are idiots.
Sounds like something more mundane like an incapacitated crew member.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Well, it may not be either one. It may be the reporter as ChuckMe has stated here below. At any rate, I expect we have heard all about this that we are going to.
pilot62
Scott Campbell 1
ON what planet do you hold before landing to get a better de-ice, they would have burned enough fuel beforehand, unless that was just for traffic.
jmilazzo
joe milazzo 1
Sounds like someone doesn't have their story straight!!!! Either there was a malfunction in the ain't I-icing system as stated here or they experienced sever icing that they couldn't get out of and diverted.
dupre
roberto dupre 1
Landing elsewhere due to inadequate de-icing on the ground prior to takeoff ,does not make sense. Airplane anti-ice systems failure while airborne maybe.
JillBazeley
Jill Bazeley 1
Sorry I'm late to this discussion but I have a question, and as a former reporter myself, am eager to understand things correctly. What ice does the anti-ice system prevent? An earlier poster said ice sublimates past 250 knots.
jfitz1414
Terrorist threat maybe, then a very fishy cover story to keep the masses cowed.
dctwooze
Latimer Taylor 1
I BET THIS WAS AN ENG ANTI-ICE ECAM OR WINDOW HEAT MESSAGE.
preacher1
preacher1 2
Well, like I said, something not being told. If anti ice was no good, he wouldn't have left in the 1st place, at least I wouldn't have.
dctwooze
Latimer Taylor 1
TRUE BUT SOMETIMES THESE THINGS HAPPEN AT THE WORST TIMES LIKE RIGHT BEFORE YOU GET YOUR OCEANIC CLNC. THAT SUCKS. ATLEAST THEY WERE STILL OVER LAND FOR THE DIVERSION INSTEAD OF 30w.
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 3
WE HEAR YA LT!!!
preacher1
preacher1 1
Turn off your cap locks if you ain't mad or yelling.
esu589
Joseph Sede 1
As you go through life there are a few things you learn: Reporters are usually incompetent, they never let facts interfere with a story, they paraphrase to the point where the story is completely convoluted.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
That is somewhat an over generalization. Similar to " the actions of 99% of lawyers spoils the image of the rest of them"
svalbard
bruce barton 1
Next we will learn it was crickets swarming over the Sahara....the real cause!

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THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
Where the hell have u been, vacationing on the retirement check???
huskey
huskey -2
YOU ARE FIREDDDD!!!!

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