Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices. Topic S04-26. Managing a Flight Diversion with an Emergency Response at Small, Non-Hub, or General Aviation Airports

Most flight diversions are gas-and-go with no deplaning of passengers. However, research for ACRP Synthesis Report 99 on Emergency Working Groups revealed that some flight diversions may impact airport operations or there may be a need for victim or family assistance. A diversion may encompass an aircraft mechanical issue, medical, weather, or inflight security that may not be classified as an emergency. In either case the flight diversion may be to an airport that does not typically handle the size or type of aircraft involved or the number of arriving aircraft and/or passengers. Adding requirements for medical or other emergency response to a small airport staff may entail use of the mutual aid network. It would be helpful to compile and report on practices that small, non-hub, or general aviation airports use when planning for and responding to flight diversions that involves an incident or emergency. The objective of this synthesis is: (1) to discover and describe current practices for handling diverted flights that involve an emergency response, and (2) to provide information on practices to small hub, non-hub, and general aviation airport that may receive a diverted passenger flight and not have appropriate staff, resources, or equipment available. The audience for this report is airport operations and emergency response personnel at small hub, non-hub, and general aviation airports.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic S04-26

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Christensen, Jordan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Aviation Innovation, LLC

    City,   United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Agnew, Rose

  • Start Date: 20211025
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01723651
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic S04-26
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 25 2019 7:11PM