What happened aboard US Air Flight 731

17 July 2007: US Airways Flight 731, an Airbus A330 traveling from London’s Gatwick Airport to Philadelphia, PA yesterday with 278 passengers aboard, was unexpectedly diverted to St. Johns, Newfoundland, CA due to a “sick female passenger” with an “unknown illness.” Upon landing, the apparently unconscious female was removed from the plane, but the aircraft was not permitted to take off and the passengers were not allowed to leave the plane while it sat on the ground for over 7 hours. Canadian authorities were investigating the nature of the passenger’s illness and “another security matter” related to that passenger. The plane was finally released and landed over six hours late in Philadelphia without further explanation from federal officials.

Flight history

Date & Time Source Event Data Updated Jul 13

02:42 PM Schedules Record Created Jul 15 (All times UTC)

11:35 AM FAA Time Adjustment

Estimated Runway Departure Changed To 07/16/07 12:55 PM
Scheduled Runway Departure Changed To 07/16/07 12:55 PM
Estimated Runway Arrival Changed To 07/16/07 03:29 PM
Scheduled Runway Arrival Changed To 07/16/07 03:29 PM Jul 16

09:49 AM Airline Gate Adjustment
Arrival Gate Changed To A23 Jul 16

11:34 AM Airline (US) Gate Adjustment
Departure Gate Changed To ****
Arrival Gate Changed From A23 To A26 Jul 16

12:01 PM AFO STATUS-Active
Status Changed From Scheduled To Active Jul 16

12:04 PM Airline (US) Time Adjustment
Estimated Gate Arrival Changed To 07/16/07 03:54 PM
Estimated Gate Departure Changed To 07/16/07 12:46 PM
Departure Gate Changed To ****
Arrival Gate Changed From A23 To A26 Jul 16

12:16 PM Airline Time Adjustment
Estimated Gate Arrival Changed From 07/16/07 03:54 PM To 07/16/07 03:51 PM
Actual Gate Departure Changed To 07/16/07 12:46 PM
Actual Runway Departure Changed To 07/16/07 01:08 PM Jul 16

12:21 PM Airport (PHL) Time Adjustment
Estimated Gate Arrival Changed From 07/16/07 03:51 PM To 07/16/07

03:54 PM Jul 16

01:11 PM Airline Time Adjustment
Estimated Gate Arrival Changed From 07/16/07 03:54 PM To 07/16/07

03:47 PM Jul 16

01:30 PM FAA Time Adjustment
Estimated Runway Arrival Changed From 07/16/07 03:29 PM To

07/16/07 03:55 PM Jul 16
04:28 PM FAA Time Adjustment
Estimated Runway Arrival Changed From 07/16/07 03:55 PM To

07/16/07 04:08 PM Jul 16
04:42 PM FAA Time Adjustment
Estimated Runway Arrival Changed From 07/16/07 04:08 PM To

07/16/07 03:42 PM Jul 16
04:45 PM FAA Time Adjustment
Estimated Runway Arrival Changed From 07/16/07 03:42 PM To

07/16/07 03:30 PM Jul 16
04:49 PM FAA Time Adjustment
Estimated Runway Arrival Changed From 07/16/07 03:30 PM To

07/16/07 03:33 PM Jul 16
04:49 PM FAA Time Adjustment
Estimated Runway Arrival Changed From 07/16/07 03:33 PM To

07/16/07 02:30 PM Jul 16
04:49 PM FAA STATUS-Redirected
Status Changed From Active To Redirected

Estimated Runway Arrival Changed From 07/16/07 02:30 PM To

07/16/07 03:33 PM Jul 16
04:55 PM FAA STATUS-Active
Status Changed From Redirected To Active
Estimated Runway Departure Changed From 07/16/07 12:55 PM To

07/16/07 01:08 PM
Scheduled Runway Departure Changed From 07/16/07 12:55 PM To

07/16/07 01:11 PM
Estimated Runway Arrival Changed From 07/16/07 03:33 PM To

07/16/07 02:30 PM
Scheduled Runway Arrival Changed From 07/16/07 03:29 PM To

07/16/07 05:17 PM Jul 16
04:59 PM FAA Time Adjustment
Estimated Runway Arrival Changed From 07/16/07 02:30 PM To

07/16/07 02:24 PM Jul 16
05:00 PM FAA STATUS-Diverted
Status Changed From Active To Landed
Actual Runway Arrival Changed To 07/16/07 02:23 PM Jul 16
05:22 PM Airport (PHL) Time Adjustment
Estimated Gate Arrival Changed From 07/16/07 03:47 PM To 07/16/07 04:45 PM Jul 16
07:21 PM Airline (US) Time Adjustment
Estimated Gate Arrival Changed From 07/16/07 04:45 PM To 07/16/07 05:43 PM