Despite the pit stop, American Airlines flight 662 arrived at the original destination less than two hours behind schedule.
The American Airlines cockpit crew on a flight from Charlotte to San Francisco decided to stop for a pit stop in Denver for the same reason that most of us make a pit stop during our travels: They needed access to a working toilet.
On Monday morning, the captain of American Airlines flight 662 was announced to the passengers that the plane would be diverted to Denver because of a toilet problem, according to the View Of the Wing. More specifically, the pilot told the passengers that the aircraft toilet system was completely blocked, allowing no working bathrooms on the entire Airbus A321 aircraft.
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Before they landed in Denver, the crew and the operations team in Fort Worth arranged to take the flight to enable aircraft with another A321 that are already on the ground in Denver, rather than delay passengers further.
“They determined they could do a swap with an aircraft on the ground while they continue to resolve the issue,” an American Airlines spokesman confirmed to Fox News. “The Denver team was about this to ensure that we could get passengers to SFO soon with a A321 we had on THE,” he added.
After exchanging for a plane with functioning bathrooms, flight 662 landed in San Francisco at 11:47 pm or even less than two hours later than the scheduled arrival time.
The flight of American swapped aircraft, which was scheduled to fly from Denver to Philadelphia, was only a delay of 20 minutes, American confirmed.
The airline also confirmed that the source of the original plane block — a “hide in the vicinity of the rear side of the Y-Tube” — but wrote that the maintenance of the team was able to “push the blockage through the system with an air blaster.”
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This is the second time in two weeks that a flight was forced to divert because of a problem with the plane’s bathrooms. On Dec. 2, a Delta Air Lines flight from New York to Seattle made an unscheduled stop in Billings, Mont., after the toilets stopped functioning. According to Delta, a rolling staircase met the flight of the passengers on the asphalt, so they deplane, a bathroom, and “lighting of the built-up pressure.”