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The only response to this news bit, should be " Thank God every one landed safe and sound"

 

I am sure the Captain chose the best available location to him, to make the emergency landing. 

 

I once had opportunity to sit it the cockpit of an A320 during a flight and one of the crew showed me how the flight computer constantly recalculates alternate emergency landing airports. It is amazing, and I'm glad to see it worked this time so well.

 

Yes, there has been a lot of bad luck for the airline industry these past few months.

 

Birds in engines. That's one of many scenarios the pilots train for in the simulators.

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Doesn't have to be a large bird. Even a small rock will do.

 

These turbine engines will not allow any FOD, that is why there is very strict regulations concerning this. Although I saw some trash on the runway, in the Malaysia airport, a few months ago.

 

Only problem I have with air asia is...... the food sad.png . If you didn't order, you can watch others eat bah.gif

And the thing is, eva air had the same flights, at a cheaper cost, and food included. But asia air....... more expensive and no food or waterfacepalm.gif

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There are many factors involved in a decision making. Once emergency has been contained, they have thought of, what to do with 156 passengers. Accomomdation for them, where is better maintenance base as oppose to no maintenance facilities although closer to the route as you are suggesting... Current weather and forecast perhaps? Do we have to land within 5 minutes or can we fly another 45? Fuel availabilities at diversion airport?
So, sit back, relax and enjoy your coffee. There is someone out there thinking those things for you.

 

Thanks... your answer makes totally sense comparing with some ridiculous others....

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I would have thought that if a bird strike occurred after takeoff on this route SuratThani would be the choice however it may be that with the amount of fuel on board it was better to use a little more of this and head for Phuket.

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Migratory birds travel at amazing altitudes. It is not clear if the engine was actually shutdown, but in this case the pilot in command is required by regulation to divert to the nearest suitable airport, in point of time. Other factors will be considered of course, including availability of passenger handling and maintenance facility. As long as the outcome is favorable it is unlikely the Captain would be prosecuted by the relevant authority for landing at an airport such as HKT versus overflying a small field with no facilities. Unless you're on fire... Edited by arunsakda
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Migratory birds travel at amazing altitudes. It is not clear if the engine was actually shutdown, but in this case the pilot in command is required by regulation to divert to the nearest suitable airport, in point of time. Other factors will be considered of course, including availability of passenger handling and maintenance facility. As long as the outcome is favorable it is unlikely the Captain would be prosecuted by the relevant authority for landing at an airport such as HKT versus overflying a small field with no facilities. Unless you're on fire...

There is not a rule that the airport has to be the closest in the event of an engine failure on a twin engined aircraft. The pilot in command of the aircraft makes the decision to divert or continue and if this was a single engine failure he could have continued his flight to the destination if he considered it safe as long as he was always no more than 2 hours from an alternate airport on his route.

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Harry, here is the relevant FAA regulation. You will find the DCA of Thailand, JAA OF Euro, JCAB of Japan and all the rest to be basically the same. I have been a commercial airline Pilot continuously since 1996. You do not know what you are talking about, very common amongst persons who post rubbish on this site.


§ 121.565 Engine inoperative: Landing; reporting.
(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, whenever an airplane engine fails or whenever an engine is shutdown to prevent possible damage, the pilot in command must land the airplane at the nearest suitable airport, in point of time, at which a safe landing can be made.
(b) If not more than one engine of an airplane that has three or more engines fails or is shut down to prevent possible damage, the pilot-in-command may proceed to an airport that the pilot selects if, after considering the following, the pilot makes a reasonable decision that proceeding to that airport is as safe as landing at the nearest suitable airport:
(1) The nature of the malfunction and the possible mechanical difficulties that may occur if flight is continued.
(2) The altitude, weight, and useable fuel at the time that the engine is shutdown.
(3) The weather conditions en route and at possible landing points.
(4) The air traffic congestion.
(5) The kind of terrain.
(6) His familiarity with the airport to be used.
(c) The pilot-in-command must report each engine shutdown in flight to the appropriate communication facility as soon as practicable and must keep that facility fully informed of the progress of the flight.
(d) If the pilot in command lands at an airport other than the nearest suitable airport, in point of time, he or she shall (upon completing the trip) send a written report, in duplicate, to his or her director of operations stating the reasons for determining that the selection of an airport, other than the nearest airport, was as safe a course of action as landing at the nearest suitable airport. The director of operations shall, within 10 days after the pilot returns to his or her home base, send a copy of this report with the director of operation's comments to the certificate-holding district office. Edited by arunsakda
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