Synthesis Topics

Managing an Emergency or Incident Associated with a Flight Diversion. In Reserve

Flight diversions are most often gas-and-go with no deplaning of passengers. However, a diversion may happen because of an emergency on the plane or an emergency may result from the diversion, and in either case emergency response and possibly victim and family assistance may be involved. Diversions may be to an airport that does not typically handle the size or type of aircraft involved or the number of passengers all arriving at once, especially if medical or other emergency response is required.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Research for ACRP 11-03/S04-23 revealed that flight diversions rarely trigger a need for victim or family assistance. In fact, most diversions are gas-and-go with no deplaning of passengers. However, a diversion may happen because of an emergency on the plane or an emergency may result from the diversion, and in either case victim and family assistance may be involved. Diversions may be to an airport that does not typically handle the size or type of aircraft involved or the number of passengers all arriving at once, especially if medical or other emergency response is required.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

"To discover and describe current practices for handling diverted flights that involve an emergency response
To provide information on effective practices to airports of all types and sizes that may receive a diverted passenger flight"

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

Interview airports that may have dealt with diversions, either routine or involving emergency situations
Literature review
Look at lessons learned from charter operations at airports that do not routinely handle scheduled passenger flights
Document effective practices
Create checklist for airport preparedness to deal with a flight diversion that involves emergency response and possibly victim and family assistance

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

This is a major gap with no previous studies directly aimed at the issue. ACRP 11-03/S04-23 (Emergency Working Groups at Airports) garned the observation that this is a potential problem.

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