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It sounds like it was a non-emergency condition where it wasn't feasible to continue to destination but it wasn't imperative to land ASAP. Something like an anti-icing malfunction where you can't continue into icing conditions (all you need is visible moisture and temps close to freezing; clouds of any kind near or above the freezing level constitutes "...


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According to this article, the flight had a problem with one of the landing gear doors not properly closing. This caused too much fuel consumption to reach the destination airport. In such a case, an alternative landing airport is needed, but there is no urgency to land as soon as possible. 22 minutes after take-off the aircraft started its turn back to the ...


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In the United States, no, the airline does not pay the NTSB or the FAA for accident investigations. This is considered a public service and is paid for by tax funds. That doesn't necessarily mean that they won't pay for anything. For example if the NTSB has to remove wreckage to examine it, they will often have the insurance company pay for the removal and ...


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It depends on the type of aircraft. But USA today/Ask the Captain gives a nice explanation: Question: I was wondering what takes so long to get the exit door open after we land. Could you please go through the steps? Answer: Once the airplane arrives at the gate and is properly chocked, the captain shuts down the engines and switches off the “...


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The OEM will have its own Product Safety organization, staffed with investigators and analysts, that participates and supports accident investigations with its own internal contingency budget. So when a crash happens, a team is formed with the Regulator (FAA), the Gov't Investigator (NSTB), investigators or representatives from the OEM, and investigators or ...


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I think you are answering your own question. It all boils down to money. Every factor of the aircraft buying process will be driven by money. They are, after all, a business. Some decision driving factors may include: The acquisition cost. The operating cost. Fuel efficiency. Fuel costs the airline money The reliability. Down time for the aircraft loses the ...


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