zschocheimages From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 151 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3546 times:
I live just outside of Philadelphia and was listening to PHL departure tonight (via the LiveATC app on my iPad). Immediately after departure, US 754 (PHL-CDG), an A330-200, requested to enter holding in order to burn down fuel to their max landing weight for an emergency return.
They're still holding south of the field as of 8:05 EST. I didn't catch the nature of their problem. But based on the calmness of the radio transmissions, it doesn't sound like it's too serious. I'll keep listening and will update as anything else comes up.
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19699 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3020 times:
Quoting CO764 (Reply 5): It appears that their speed was fluctuating quite a bit (from about 180 to 230 knots),
The fluctuation is very regular. The track shows that they were in a holding pattern for some time. As they enter the turn, the speed would drop and as they go into the straightaways, the speed would increase.
What sort of issue would lead an aircraft like this to not land immediately, but not fly to its destination?
phlwok From United States of America, joined May 2007, 504 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2759 times:
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 6): What sort of issue would lead an aircraft like this to not land immediately, but not fly to its destination?
Landing gear issue?
The list could be really long:
- Gear/gear door
- Fuel transfer pumps
- On board computers
- Any equipment that you must have all of operating (primary + all backups) prior to starting the oceanic passage
Barring any data, the possibilities are so broad that we're just limited to pretty wild guesses.