Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 Diverts To JFK Following Windshield Crack

A cracked windshield saw a Turkish Airlines Boeing divert to New York’s John F Kennedy Airport in the…

Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 Diverts To JFK Following Windshield Crack

A cracked windshield saw a Turkish Airlines Boeing divert to New York’s John F Kennedy Airport in the early hours of Monday morning. The Boeing 777 was flying from Los Angles to Istanbul and had crossed over the United States/Canadian border when the incident occurred. The flight went on to land safely in New York.

A Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300ER diverted to JFK on Monday morning after the right windshield cracked. Photo: Vincenzo Pace/Simple Pace

The decision to divert made two hours into the flight

According to an online post made by HavaSosyalMedya, Turkey’s largest civil aviation online platform, the right cockpit glass of TC-LJI, a five-year-old Boeing 777300ER, cracked. The pilots decided to divert to New York, and passengers and crew were transferred to a hotel to await a later flight.

TC-LJI was operating TK10, the 18:35 departure from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) over to Istanbul Airport (IST). On Sunday, the aircraft was just over two hours into the 13-hour flight when the pilots decided to divert.

According to aircraft tracking site RadarBox.com, TC-LJI had left Los Angeles on Sunday evening and tracked northeast over Utah, Wyoming, and North Dakota. Over five hours into the flight, the Boeing crossed the border and cruised at 29,000 feet. Southwest of Winnipeg, the aircraft made a sharp 180° turn and began heading back towards LAX.

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Source: RadarBox.com

Turkish flight chooses JFK for landing over closer airports

West of Bismark in North Dakota, while maintaining an altitude of 29,000 feet and moving through the night at around 500 knots per hour, TC-LJI veered east and began heading towards New York.

After flying over Minnesota and passing to the north of Minneapolis St Paul International Airport (MSP), the flight overflew Wisconsin and passed to the north of Green Bay. While tracking over Lake Michigan some two hours after pilots first noticed the cracked windscreen, TC-LJI began a sweeping turn to the northeast, looking like it would cross over Lake Huron between Rogers City and Presque Isle.

But before it reached this point, the Boeing turned southeast, passed to the north of Alcona, and crossed into Canadian airspace, overflying Kitchener and Hamilton before passing over the top of Buffalo in upstate New York.

TK10 lands safely in New York

Southeast of Buffalo, near the small town of Hornell, TC-LJI began to gradually lose altitude and airspeed as it closed in on JFK. Over Patterson, while at 19,000 feet, the Boeing 777 headed onto a sharper southeast tracking, overflying Manhatten and JFK Airport. Crossing over the Atlantic coastline at Long Beach, the plane began a sweeping loop over the top of Long Island before touching down safely in New York after six hours in the hour.

HavaSosyalMedya indicates the flight was canceled after landing, and the aircraft would remain in New York pending inspections. This is the first recorded incident involving TC-LJI. New York’s JFK Airport is a key North American airport for Turkish Airlines with onsite support and maintenance facilities. That may explain the pilot’s decision to divert there rather than closer airports. TC-LJI remains on the ground at JFK.

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Some Air New Zealand Crew Have Spent Up To 100 Days In Self Isolation

Air New Zealand flight crew working flights to and from the United States are doing time in hotel…

Some Air New Zealand Crew Have Spent Up To 100 Days In Self Isolation

Air New Zealand flight crew working flights to and from the United States are doing time in hotel quarantine at taxpayer’s expense. Some crews have also spent more than 100 days self-isolating. Now, New Zealand media reports are questioning the logic and expense of the quarantine rule for flight crews.

Some Air New Zealand flight crews have spent more than 100 days in quarantine. Photo: Boeing

New Zealand Air Line Pilots Association questions quarantine requirement

According to a report by George Block in online news site Stuff, Air New Zealand flight crews coming off flights from the United States are required to quarantine in Auckland. Flight crews are completing this quarantine requirement at an upscale Auckland hotel.

In addition to scaled back passenger flight schedules, including twice-weekly Boeing 787-9 services to Los Angeles, Air New Zealand operates dedicated freighter flights to North America and around the Pacific Rim. With vaccination rates increasing on both sides of the Pacific, questions are now being asked why flight crews fresh off flights from North America have to quarantine in hotels rather than isolate at home.

Andrew Ridling, president of the New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association and an Air New Zealand 787-9 captain, told Stuff the requirement was ridiculous. He said some flight crews had clocked up more than 100 days in quarantine, albeit not in one block.

Ridling points to the high vaccination levels now seen in the United States. Most of Air New Zealand’s flight crews were vaccinated in March. The Air New Zealand pilot says there is no reason flight crew cannot self-isolate at home, given the low risk they present.

Presently, even after a negative test result, flight crews must remain at the Auckland hotel for some time.

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Some question why vaccinated Air New Zealand flight crews have to go into quarantine. Photo: Boeing

New Zealand Government picking up the bill for flight crew quarantine

In March, health officials formally recommended the New Zealand Government dropped the quarantine requirement for flight crews off North American flights. Several months later, the Government is yet to decide on this recommendation.

Also raising eyebrows is the cost of quarantining Air New Zealand flight crews. Since late January, all returning flight crews from high-risk countries have been whisked to the Auckland hotel that’s solely dedicated to quarantining Air New Zealand flight crews. That is costing a reputed US$357,200 per month. The New Zealand Government is picking up the tab. The New Zealand Government owns over half of Air New Zealand.

However, the Government is set to stop paying the hotel bill at the end of June, handing the expense over to Air New Zealand. That may see a fresh focus on the quarantine requirement at Air New Zealand’s HQ and some concerted lobbying to end the requirement.

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After June, Air New Zealand will have to pick up the hotel quarantine tab. Photo: Getty Images

Air New Zealand keeps flying amid shifting quarantine regimes

Meanwhile, Air New Zealand has gone to some lengths to work around New Zealand’s tough hotel quarantine requirements in the last 12 months. For a while, North America-bound flights were touching down in Honolulu. There, Air New Zealand had temporarily based flight crews. The Honolulu-based crews would fly the final leg to mainland North America while the Auckland-based crews operated flights back to New Zealand. The Honolulu base has since been discontinued.

Last week, Air New Zealand announced they would start basing crews in Brisbane. Those crews would operate Air New Zealand’s resuming flights between the Australian mainland and Norfolk Island. While flight crews operating flights between New Zealand and Australia are not subject to quarantine requirements, Air New Zealand knows circumstances can change quickly and is proactively working to avoid potential disruptions on this route.

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