A United Airlines flight bound for Amsterdam diverted to Bangor, Maine after a cabin pressurization issue onboard.
United flight 968, operated by a Boeing 787-9, took off from San Francisco on-time on Sunday with 197 passengers and 13 crewmembers onboard.
A cabin pressurization issue occurred over Newfoundland and Labrador, prompting the plane to turn south toward the U.S. East Coast. Oxygen masks were deployed, but it is not clear if passengers were instructed to put them on*.
The plane landed in Bangor, Maine (BGR) around 1:00AM. Passengers were offered overnight accommodation in Bangor and then transferred to Newark, where they were rebooked to Amsterdam. UA968 was originally expected to continue from Bangor to Amsterdam after being serviced, but was cancelled. Instead, a 777-200 was sent in to “rescue” stranded passengers and flew them to Newark on Monday afternoon as UA2805. Then UA2806, operated by a different 787-9, flew the passengers to Amsterdam.
No injuries were reported due to the cabin pressurization issue.
Passengers finally arrived in Amsterdam this morning, one day late. Instead of flying nonstop from San Francisco to Amsterdam, they ended up flying San Francisco to Bangor to Newark to Amsterdam. I suspect most did not enjoy the “scenic” route as much as I would have…
*Just a small side thought – if an oxygen mask dropped in front of you, would you put it on instinctively or wait for crewmember instruction? The safety video suggests you just put it on, but what would you do?