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Sunwing Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing due to Smell of Smoke

Sunwing Airlines flight BY-5483 made an emergency landing in Sofia, Bulgaria, on June 21st.

The Boeing 737-800 plane heading from Paphos, Cyprus, to Norwich, England, was diverted after smell of smoke was noticed on board.

The plane landed safely. All passengers and crew members remained unharmed.

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Planes Collide at Toronto Pearson International Airport

Two planes collided at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada, on January 5th.

Authorities said a WestJet plane, inbound from Cancun, Mexico, was waiting to go to a gate when a Sunwing Airlines plane, moving back from a gate, struck it.

The Sunwing plane caught fire after the accident.

There were one hundred and sixty-eight passengers and six crew members aboard the WestJet plane at the time; all of them were safely evacuated via emergency slides.

Authorities said the Sunwing aircraft was empty at the time of accident; it was being towed by the ground handlers.

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Sunwing Airlines Flight Returns to Amsterdam After Lightning Strike

Sunwing Airlines flight OR-384 had to return and make an emergency landing in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on September 9th.

The Boeing 737-800 plane took off for Rhodes, Greece, but had to turn back after it was struck by lightning.

The plane landed safely. All passengers and crew members remained unharmed.

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Sunwing Airlines Plane makes Safe Landing in Greece after Technical Problems

Sunwing Airlines flight BY-1526 made a safe landing at Corfu International Airport, Greece, on July 21st.

The Boeing 737-800 flying from Belfast, Northern Ireland, had just taken-off when the crew some technical problems.

The plane landed safely.

All 186 people aboard remained safe.

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Sunwing Flight Lands in Wilmington due to Medical Emergency

SunwingSunwing Flight 764 had to make an emergency landing at Wilmington International Airport, Wilmington, North Carolina, on the afternoon of December 14.

The pilot of the plane, en-route from Montreal, Canada to Freeport, Bahamas, sought permission for emergency landing after a 60-year-old passenger began experiencing heart attack symptoms midair. There were 198 people aboard at the time.

The flight landed without incident and the sick passenger was immediately taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

The airline said an alternate aircraft would be arranged for the passengers.

Two Unruly Passengers Forced Sunwing Flight to Return to Toronto

SunwingA Sunwing flight had to return and make an emergency landing at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada, on the evening of August 27.

The flight 656 was on its way from Toronto to Varadero, Cuba, when “two unruly female passengers” caused disturbance in the flight. According to Janine Chapman, vice-president of marketing for Sunwing, “It is reported that the passengers consumed a significant quantity of their duty free alcohol purchase in the lavatory and lit a cigarette, triggering the smoke detector alarm…These passengers proceeded to get into a physical altercation with each other and made a threat against the aircraft, which was considered non-credible given their condition.”

The pilot reported the situation to the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) which then sent 2 Canadian Forces CF-18 fighters from CFB Bagotville, Quebec, to escort the flight back to Pearson airport. Chapman said, “Our flight crew followed the appropriate procedures and the aircraft was diverted back to Toronto where it has now landed.”

The two passengers were arrested by the police. They are facing charges of smoking on board an aircraft, endangering safety of an aircraft, mischief endangering safety, and uttering threats.

The flight was preparing to take off for Cuba late night on Wednesday.

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Sunwing Flight Lands in Emergency in Toronto

sunwingwSunwing flight 772 had to return and land in emergency in Toronto due to an ‘agitated passenger’.

The incident happened on July 25 after a passenger, identified as Ali Shahi, 25, allegedly started making threats regarding the security of the plane. The flight which was taking 183 passengers and 6 crew members from Toronto to Panama, was then turned back towards Toronto.

Two U.S. F16 fighter jets were sent from Toledo, Ohio, to escort the plane. The authorities confirmed that the plane safely landed at 8:55 a.m.

Armed officers removed the passenger from the plane. He was then taken into custody by Peel police while  the plane was inspected.

Ali Shahi, who is an Canadian national, has been charged with Mischief interfering of the lawful enjoyment of property, Uttering threats, Mischief to property, Endangering the safety of an aircraft.

The Traumatized Passengers of Mexico-Edmond Sunwing Flight, Waited Hours to Get Customs Clearance

A Puerto Vallarta, Mexico-bound Sunwing Boeing 737-800 en route from Edmonton,Alberta Canada, diverted and made an emergency landing on Sunday March 16, 2014 in Helena Montana after flying through ninety seconds of turbulence.

Two of the six person crew sustained injuries, but none of the 181 passengers were seriously injured, perhaps because the seatbelt lights were on.

Passengers waited hours on the airstrip before a customs agent finally arrived and attended to them. The replacement jet did not arrive for eleven hours.

According to Ron Mercer, Director Helena Regional Airport, the airport has only one customs agent who was not there on Sunday. Another customs agent was called and arrived after a 1.5 hour drive from Great Falls. The airport does not usually host commercial international flights and the customs agent had to “do his homework” and consult  international rules before passengers could exit the aircraft.

The situation called for modification in the US customs and immigration department’s emergency protocols, for easing up procedures for those passengers already traumatized due to an emergency situation.

The unexpected delay will no doubt result in consequences because, as CBC News says major Canadian airlines tariff says if “…your flight is delayed more than 90 minutes, you may have the right to get off the plane.”

You can rest assured that after these passengers spent five hours in the plane, someone is going to be paying a hefty fine.

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Mexico Bound Sunwing Flight Suffers Severe Turbulence Over Montana

A Puerto Vallarta, Mexico bound Sunwing flight experienced extreme turbulence, while flying over Montana, and made emergency landing at Helena Regional Airport, Montana.

The flight took off from Edmonton, Canada. Severe turbulence near Montana disturbed the flight and injured two flight attendants, after which the pilot declared a medical emergency and landed at Helena Regional Airport at 7:30 a.m. on March 17, 2014.

According to the airport spokesperson, the injured flight attendants suffered only minor injuries and did not need medical attention.

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First findings: Sunwing Diversion Due to Fumes not fire

Re: Preliminary findings regarding the Sunwing Flight 326 at 6:32 from Ottawa to Varadero with 170 passengers

The smoke passengers saw coming from the air vents of the Boeing 737 was vapor from excess de-icing fluid. The smell described by the passengers was similar to engine coolant. Oxygen masks did not deploy.

The pilot returned to the runway at 7:00 a.m. No smoke or fire was found (obviously) because the vapor was not smoke at all, but evaporating coolant that had gotten into the plane via a vent.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Pilots Ignore ATC Directions, Hear Audio

On March 11, 2013, an Air Canada Embraer ERJ-190 en route from Edmonton to Toronto,ON was on approach when ATC informed the pilots to abort the landing. Ground radar indicated something moving on the runway. Pilots continued to make the landing, and ignored ATC.

Mechanics working on a Sunwing Boeing had left a van running and in gear, which subsequently rolled without a driver across the runway. At some point, the van impacted the Sunwing 737.

In George’s Point of View

While we can’t make assumptions, apparently the pilots saw the van safely flew over it and made a secure landing.

However, there are a lot of errors here that could have been disaster. We are glad no one was injured. Safety first, everyone!

  • The maintenance crew for failing to secure their vehicle.
  • ATC for not using the call sign, even if it was evident to them who they were speaking to.
  • Pilots for ignoring ATC even if they saw the “threat” because there could have been an additional alert

That said, of course we are glad no one was injured.

Click Triangle below to hear audio

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Sunwing Airlines Dumps Unruly Family in Bermuda for (Alleged) Smoking And Disobeying Flight Attendants

After unruly behavior on a Sunwing Airlines flight from Halifax Canada to the Dominican Republic, a family was arrested, and appeared in Bermuda court Monday.

Sunwing may bring charges against the family for the cost of diverting the plane. ($50,000) The plane was examined in Bermuda after landing and continued to the Dominican Republic a day late. Sunwing is banning the family from every flying their airline again.

The son allegedly smoked in the bathroom, then a disagreement between his family and flight attendants ensued. Pilots landed in Bermuda and the family was arrested.

David McNeil Jr denied smoking on the plane and the charge was dropped, but the father, David McNeil Sr. pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and the mother, Donna McNeil pleaded guilty to disobeying a lawful order from a flight attendant. The parents were sentenced to either a $500 fine or 10 days in prison. The son was free to go.
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