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LAN Peru Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Portugal

LAN Peru flight LA 2707 made an emergency landing in Faro, Portugal, on December 24.

The plane, heading to Madrid Spain, was diverted after the pilot reported an engine failure indication.

The plane landed safely. All 224 passengers remained unhurt.

LAN Airlines Flight Returns to Los Angeles due to Smokey Cabin

LAN airlinesLAN Airlines flight 601 returned and made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport, California, on the afternoon of June 21.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, en-route to Lima, Peru had to return after smoke was noticed in the cabin. Authorities said the smoke was due to a defective food warmer in the kitchen.

The plane, carrying around 230 passengers and 17 crew members, landed safely and everyone aboard remained unhurt.

The passengers were accommodated in another flight next day.

Peru’s LAN Airlines Flight Lands in Emergency at Costa Rica

LAN AirlinesPeru’s LAN Airlines flight LPE-599, made an emergency landing at Juan Santamaria International Airport, Costa Rica, on the evening of July 26.

The decision for emergency landing was made after the Airbus A320, en route from Cancun, Mexico to Lima, Peru, experienced electrical problems.

The plane landed safely after circling around to shed extra fuel. All 175 people aboard remained unhurt.

Airborne Medical Emergencies Abound

I doubt that April is any worse a month for medical emergencies, but just to give you a snapshot at how common it is—at least this past week—

  • April 5 American Airlines New York to Buenos Aires Diverted to Caracas Venezuela with a sick man-
  • April 6 (April 5-6) Cathay Pacific Chicago-Hong Kong An undisclosed medical emergency occurred; flight diverted to Anchorage for the medical emergency. (The flight had a second diversion, probably for a crew change before arriving at their destination.)
  • April 7 Air New Zealand London to LAX A diabetic ten year old boy received assistance from crew as pilots diverted to Minneapolis. The boy was hospitalized in Minneapolis.
  • April 8 Egyptair Cairo to Nigeria Infant became ill; crew returned to Cairo and made a safe landing. The infant was hospitalized.
  • April 9 Delta Japan- Honolulu passenger suffered an attack 2 hours outside of Honolulu; cabin crew and nurse/passenger attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation but pronounced DOA.
  • April 10 LAN Airlines Santiago to Arica male passenger suffered a stroke. A doctor provided first aid; Flight diverted to Copiapo where the passenger was hospitalized.

In George’s Point of View

These medical incidents really don’t differ from how many we usually see–maybe its just spring fever, but I’m just sayin’…make sure you’re a-ok before you set foot on board!

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Lan Airbus Lands without Nosewheel Steering; Towed off

What: LAN Airlines Airbus A319-100 en route from Iquitos to Lima (Peru),
Where: Lima
When: Dec 5th 2011
Why: While en approach to the Lima airport, the plane lost nosewheel steering.

The flight made a safe landing but was stranded on the runway had had to be towed.

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Two Concussions from LAN ANDES Turbulence

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What: LAN Airlines Airbus A320-200 en route from Santiago Chile to Cordoba Argentina
Where: Andes
When: Nov 8th 2011
Who: 2 injured
Why: The flight from Santiago to Cordoba encountered turbulence over the Andes.

In a mountainous area, wind strikes the mountain causing updrafts and downdrafts. The turbulence the flight ran into occurred in an area where turbulence is frequent, and where the seatbelts are required.

On landing, the two injured parties were hospitalized with concussions.

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LAX Wake Turbulence

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What: American Eagle Embraer ERJ-140 en route from Lindbergh Field San Diego to Los Angeles
What: LAN Airlines Boeing 767-300 from from Lima Peru to Los Angeles, CA
Where: LAX
When: Jan 19th 2010
Why: At the time of the American Eagle’s arrival to LAX, both jets were flying at the same altitude. The danger was not collision. The danger was wake turbulence. Required separation behind the Boeing is 5 nautical miles.

George’s Point of View

Trailing behind an aircraft, wake turbulence is made up of multiple force drafts including wingtip vortices and jetwash. Jetwash is jet engine gas output which is turbulent but of short term but wingtip vortices can remain for up to three minutes.

Picture, if you will, invisible speed bumps made of wind that could knock your car off the road trailing the car in front of you. If this were a factor with cars, tailgating would be a completely different thing.

A cockpit voice recorder of the pilots responses will clearly indicate if the plane in the rear of the situation runs into the leading aircraft’s wake. What officials are questioning here are the actions and responses of LAX Air Traffic Control, which placed these two jets close enough to be endangered.

On January 19, maybe Air Traffic Control error put the Eagle jet less than three miles from the 767, but the pilot managed to stay out of the other jet’s wake. LAX denies this is a case of inexperience and maybe they are correct, because the worst case scenario crash did not happen. Maybe it would have happened if the jet following were flying at lower altitude.

What matters is that the flight landed safely and whether it was ATC or the pilot, someone did something right because both flights made it to the ground safely.

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