Qantas A388 near Honolulu on Apr 18th 2014, fuel pump failures
A Qantas Airbus A380-800, registration VH-OQK performing flight QF-94 from Los Angeles,CA to Melbourne,VI , was enroute at FL340 about 150nm north of Honolulu,HI when a second fuel pump failed prompting the crew to abort the Pacific crossing and return to Los Angeles for a safe landing about 9:20 hours after departure.
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#1 Apr 18, 2014
That's a BIG airplane.
#2 Apr 19, 2014
Why not land on HNL's reef runway? It's rated for the Space Shuttle, so an A380 should be okay, right?
Unless there would not be a crew to service AOG issues like this here, why fly four+ hours back to point of origin?.
#3 Apr 19, 2014
Agreed, airports had to be modified to accetp the 380, one thing was egress jetways/walkways. I'm sure passengers would prefer getting on the ground with a plane with 2 bad fuel pumps. If 2 pumps are bad you would think the possibility of contaminated fuel was likely.
Get it on the ground ASAP.
#4 Apr 19, 2014
Never thought about jetways, etc. HNL is not on the route network, but LA is.
Jeez. Another example of Hawaii government being 20 years behind the times.
#5 Apr 19, 2014
In this case it might be a limitation based on demand. Honolulu is probably a destination for people using shorter range aircraft, 767, 757 etc.
The 380 is long range and airports would have to spend a lot of $$ to accept the 380. Servicing might also be an issue.
It would not be pleasent to be a passenger on the 380 having to return to LA.
#6 Apr 19, 2014
It's a issue of handeling 800 passengers.
#7 Apr 19, 2014
STFU pleasant or not it's reality.
Ever been on a flight that had a medical emergency. You stop at the nearest airport, remove the sick person and then wait until that airport can replace the oxygen tanks or what ever was used to save that persons life before continuing on to your original destination.
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