July 6, 2008

Incident at 51NM north of London (ELT)

NAV CANADA staff at Toronto ACC received a report of a weak ELT signal heard by the flight crew of NWA42 when they were 51NM north of London International Airport (CYXU) at FL300. Source unknown.

March 6, 2007

Incident at vicinity of North Bay

The Northwest Airlines, Inc. Airbus A-330-300 series aircraft (operating as NWA42) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul (Wold Chamberlain) International Airport, MN (U.S.A.) (KMSP) to Amsterdam (Schiphol) International Airport, The Netherlands (EHAM). The aircraft was en-route, in the vicinity of North Bay, when the flight crew requested a re-route to Boston (General Edward L. Logan) International Airport, MA (U.S.A.) (KBOS) for repairs due to a malfunctioning anti-icing valve. No special request for assistance and no operational impact. Montréal ACC staff were advised and new routing strips requested.

February 28, 2006

Incident at CCR de Montréal (CYUL)

Around 1h10 after take-off, Northwest Orient Airlines DC10 NWA42, which was on an IFR flight between Minneapolis (KMSP) and Amsterdam (EHAM), lost use of its traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS) and had to be redirected to the airspace of Montreal (YUL) to avoid entering U.S. airspace. No impact on ATC operations.

March 1, 2006

Incident at 90NM southeast of Thunder Bay

At 2330 when 90 miles southeast of CYQT a DC 10 operated by Northwest Airlines (flight NWA42) returned to MSP due to an anti ice equipment problem. A/C advised and assistance was not required.

March 2, 2005

Incident at 40NM south of Winnipeg

The Northwest Airlines, Inc. Douglas DC-10 aircraft (operating as NWA42) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Minneapolis/St. Paul (Wold Chamberlain) International Airport, MN (U.S.A.) (KMSP) to Amsterdam (Schiphol) International Airport, The Netherlands (EHAM). The flight crew were instructed to return to Minneapolis/St. Paul due to weather in Amsterdam. The aircraft was approximately 40NM south of Thunder Bay at the time and the flight crew began to dump fuel for the return flight. Six (6) minutes (of approximately a 20 minute fuel dump) were completed in NAV CANADA airspace before the flight was handed off to Minneapolis/St. Paul ARTCC.

August 4, 2004


NWA42 DC10 enroute Minneapolis (KMSP) to Schiphol (EHAM) at 2325Z the flight was 80nm west of CYMON and the pilot advised a passenger had a medical emergency. The pilot requested and received a diversion clearance to St. John""s (CYYT). The flight landed CYYT at 0012Z without further incident. Nil TSB

March 24, 2004

Incident at GOOSE BAY NL (CYYR)

While in Montreal FIR airspace, a Northwest airlines DC10 flight NWA42 from Minneapolis (KMSP) to Schiphol (EHAM) declared a medical emergency and requested a diversion to Goose Bay due to a passenger suffering chest pains. There was a Doctor in attendance on board. At 0029Z the aircraft commenced a fuel dump at position 5406N 6441W at FL290 until 5332N 6121W at 150. The aircraft landed Goose Bay at 0053Z

December 8, 2003

Incident at GOOSE BAY NL (CYYR)

NWA42 a DC10 from Minneapolis-St Paul Intl to Schiphol at position 60 41N 53 55W, and at FL330, requested to divert to Goose Bay due to a Passenger medical emergency. There was nil traffic. Gander ACC issued a clearance present position direct to Goose Bay. The aircraft landed in Goose Bay without further incident at 0233Z.

June 24, 2003

Incident at Gander Oceanic (TCAS alert)

TSB Update - 2003-06-27 - A03A0071: The B747 operating as NWA42 was en route Minneapolis to Schipol level at FL370. A B767, operating as ACA859, was en route London to Toronto level at FL360. Both aircraft passed each other as opposite traffic at 58N50W and both received a TCAS traffic alert. Both aircraft were in level flight and turbulence was not a factor.
Northwest Airlines 42 a Boeing 747 Eastbound from Minneapolis to Schiphol was routed Via MOATT 58N 50W at Flight Level 370. Air Canada 859 a Boeing 767 was Westbound from Heathrow to Toronto and Routed 58N 50W PORGY at Flight Level 360. Both aircraft passed each other going in opposite directions at 58N 50W at 0035Z. Both aircraft reported a TCAS Alert at approximately the same time.

June 11, 1998

Incident at verticale de Québec

On an IFR flight from Detroit to Frankfurt, and when over Quebec City at FL290, the pilot of NWA42 declared an emergency and requested priority for a direct route to Boston, because the aircraft was having hydraulic problems. Emergency services were requested, and the agencies concerned were informed. Lors d'un vol IFR de Detroit vers Frankfurt et alors qu'il était à la verticale de Québec au FL290, le pilote de NWA42 a déclaré une urgence et a demandé une priorité pour un route directe vers Boston car l'aéronef avait des problèmes hydrauliques. Les services d'urgence ont été demandés et les agences concernées ont été avisées.