This is the craziest thing I have ever read

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  1. adamefimoff2

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    Jeebus. There was nowhere to divert???
     
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    Why did they not just land at any airport refuel etc
     
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    Bizarre.
     
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    There are not a lot of options midway along the polar route between london and tokyo. If there is a technical issue important enough to divert/land for - then they need to be able to do something about it on the ground. If they don't have maintenance available, then that could mean flying in another plane with parts (and waiting for that before they can get people to their destination.

    They'd circled before entering Russia initially, and there are some rports the initial diversion had been to Helsinki.

    Maybe something looked broken or did not pass checks over Siberia, but resolved itself (or did not look serious) on the return.
     
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    they really need to check planes more often. not good enough
     
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    To be fair, BA has not had a fatal plane crash in 40 years. Modern airline safety is pretty incredible overall. Diversions happen - in this case apparently the best course of action was a return to London. The long return flight is noteworthy...but there are nt a lot of options over Siberia.
     
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