NY to Seattle flight makes unscheduled stop for bathroom break

Galtero Lara
Diciembre 7, 2017

A Delta flight from New York City to Seattle made an emergency landing in Montana after the onboard toilet broke and passengers couldn't hold it any longer. Instead, they decided to make a sharp left turn and head hundreds of miles south to Billings Logan International Airport.

On Dec. 2, a Delta Air Lines flight from NY to Seattle was forced to divert hundreds of miles for an emergency bathroom break in Billings, Mont., because of problems with the plane's toilets, according to the Aviation Herald, which reports flight and aviation incidents worldwide.

"All toilets were full and passengers needed to 'go really bad, '" the report says.

Ground crews had to bring a rolling stairway to the plane so passengers could rush to the nearest restroom and "find relief of built-up pressures", the report said.

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Kevin Ploehn, the Billings director of aviation and transit, said passengers were escorted into the terminal where they could go to the bathroom and wait while the plane's toilets were serviced.

On a good day, the coast-to-coast flight can take about six hours. The plane's toilets were fixed in the meantime, and the plane was refueled so that it could take off again. "That can't be very pleasant".

"The flight crew reported problems with the lavatories".

The aircraft continued to Seattle after around three hours on the ground, reaching its destination three-and-a-half hours beyond the scheduled landing time.

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