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Old 11-15-2015, 06:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Yes I know there are the oddball diversions of transpacific flights to some weird unmanned station in Alaska, or transatlantic diversions to a remote area in Canada but this one takes the top prize...

ELAL 005 from Tel Aviv to LAX diverted to Billings Montana today due to a faulty false engine fire alarm going off..

Here is the kicker, they are ferrying a spare ELAL 777 which sits all day at EWR to Billings to pick up the stranded passengers..Two ELAL 77's at the same time in Billings!

It was also reported that the Jewish population of Billings grew by 22% with the temporary visitors on hand..Locals donated kosher food for the stranded passengers.
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Very interesting, ELAL is usually extremely tight on security thus interesting they would choose Montana which for their standards is remote and vulnerable.
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Very interesting, ELAL is usually extremely tight on security thus interesting they would choose Montana which for their standards is remote and vulnerable.
I don't think you will find too many security threats in Billings Montana.
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That is pretty odd. I can only remember 2 notable diversions I have witnessed personally and that would be an AerLingus A330 in KPHL diverted from KJFK and while I was putting around the pattern at KACY an American A319 came in diverted form KPHL. Neither was as cool of a diversion as two ELAL 777's in Montana though.
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Very interesting, ELAL is usually extremely tight on security thus interesting they would choose Montana which for their standards is remote and vulnerable.
This gets added to the list of 'most ignorant' comments ever on DAC.

Please, point out any instances of violence or hatred towards Israel or EL AL coming from Billings, Montana.
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El Al 777 carrying nearly 300 passengers makes emergency landing in Billings | Local News | billingsgazette.com
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An in-flight engine fire warning is always treated as genuine, with a shut-down and discharge of the fire bottle(s) if the warning persists.

A twin engine airliner flying with one engine inoperative must land at the "nearest suitable airport in point of time." This is a purposefully liberal requirement that takes weather, airport conditions, pilot familiarity, NOTAMS (airport facilities restricted or out of service) and other operational issues into account. It does NOT allow for continued flight to a more distant airport better equipped to handle passengers or from a maintenance POV. Essentially, you cannot overfly a safe airport for one more convenient.

Billings is an excellent diversion airport with a long jet runway, instrument approaches offering low visibility landings, and crash/fire/rescue facilities optimized for jet transports.

Kudos to the local Jewish community for offering Kosher food that is not easily requisitioned during such diverts!
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This gets added to the list of 'most ignorant' comments ever on DAC.

Please, point out any instances of violence or hatred towards Israel or EL AL coming from Billings, Montana.

I didn't intend for my comments to appear ignorant or portray Montana in a negative way. I should've elaborated that ELAL usually have a stringent ground security team they contract out at all airports they serve. So I meant from that perspective it doesn't meet their normal requirements when they could've possibly diverted to a larger airport with these services. Sorry guys.
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