American Airlines Flight AA263 Diverted for Emergency Landing


American Airlines Flight AA263 declared a medical emergency in flight from Dallas to Beijing, and diverted to Edmonton as a result. But now due to issues with plane flaps, the flight has diverted to Calgary for a longer runway.

Here is what we know so far about what is happening with the American Airlines flight. This is a developing story.

The flight originally declared a medical emergency and diverted from its Beijing destination to Edmonton due to issues that a passenger was having. More details are not known at this time.

🔀 DIVERSION MEDICAL
American Airlines #AA263
Dallas to Beijing
Diverting to Edmonton
Passenger medical https://t.co/IzKePKSaYb pic.twitter.com/xvKYLShMa8

— Tom Podolec Aviation (@TomPodolec) October 11, 2018

But shortly after, the flight then declared mechanical issues involving the flaps upon approach and canceled the Edmonton approach. On radio with flight control, they requested emergency crews as a precaution and began running checklists on the problem.

Update Mayday
American Airlines #AA263
Dallas to Beijing
Diverting to Edmonton
Just declared Mayday Emergency for flap failure. Cancelcelled approach. Working the problem, running check lists. 222 people on board. Requesting emergency crews as precaution. https://t.co/IzKePKSaYb pic.twitter.com/45JsVtGrwp

— Tom Podolec Aviation (@TomPodolec) October 11, 2018

The flight began dumping fuel to help with the landing, to reduce the landing weight as they prepared for an emergency landing in YEG.

LIVE: American #AA263 Dallas/Fort Worth to Beijing (Boeing 787-8 N814AA) is diverting to Edmonton, AB with a medical emergency on board, but is now declaring Mayday with a flaps problem too. Now working checklists & dumping fuel: https://t.co/XpS7Yn7tAt | Info via @TomPodolec pic.twitter.com/DoVRdx9Z7Y

— Airport Webcams (@AirportWebcams) October 11, 2018

The flight then changed its destination and diverted to Calgary for a longer runway and stopped dumping fuel. The original diversion to Edmonton was due to a medical emergency. Calgary is a better choice for an emergency landing due to having a significantly longer runway.

Update Mayday
American #AA263
Dallas to Beijing
Now diverting to Calgary for longer runway. Reporting failure of flaps and slats. Fuel dump has stopped for now. Will require more. Initial divert to Edmonton was for a passenger medical.
📷@Daveography https://t.co/IzKePKSaYb pic.twitter.com/sXbob4JPd5

— Tom Podolec Aviation (@TomPodolec) October 11, 2018

You can see the flight’s current path on FlightAware here. This is a developing story.

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Source:: Heavy.com

      

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