FlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 2037 posts, RR: 24 Posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3382 times:
Last week, I was surprised that our plane had been go-around 6 times. There was no problem with it and the weather looked fine and sunny. I guess that we had arrived too early and had to wait for other planes to land first before us. It gave me headache! lol Now...we arrived at the airport 15 mins late.
I was told that the plane can go around three times only. If not, it would run out of the fuel very quickly.
CXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3164 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3308 times:
Quoting FlyboyOz (Thread starter): Last week, I was surprised that our plane had been go-around 6 times. There was no problem with it and the weather looked fine and sunny. I guess that we had arrived too early and had to wait for other planes to land first before us.
I'm not quite sure what you mean here. Why would your aircraft be on approach, and then go-around because other planes had to land? If you were early, you'd just be circling. Seems illogical that you would even be on approach. I could understand you needing to circle 6 times, but not go-around.
PITingres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1203 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2998 times:
I've been on a plane that missed approach twice (I think, wasn't in the cockpit of course); it was an MD80 and thinking back on it, I'm surprised that the pax barf-bags weren't in use. Nasty shifting winds, but it was late in the evening and I don't think it was traffic. I suspect (without proof) that one more missed approach would have resulted in a divert.
6 go-rounds without being a hold sounds wildly excessive to me, so I'm thinking that it was a hold rather than a missed approach.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26804 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2956 times:
Quoting zrs70 (Reply 3): A plane would not have a missed approach 6 times. OP must mean the plane circled, which is quite normal. Could be a whole host of reasons, from ground ops to a plane issue to a crew issue.
More than 6 circuits in a holding pattern (which I'm sure is what the OP is referring to) are common. Can't count the number of times it's happened on my flights at LHR where it's very common (one reason I do my best to avoid LHR). Very rare at most other major European airports.
As far as actual go-arounds (missed approaches) are concerned, noticed one example a week ago (August 9) in the Transport Canada daily occurrence reports of a WestJet Encore Q400 that made 3 missed approaches at YYC before landing on the 4th attempt.
A Westjet Encore DHC-8-400 (WJE3247) from Saskatoon, SK (CYXE) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) overshot runway 16 at 0231Z due to unstable approach. The aircraft was vectored back around for an approach runway 10 and overshot that runway at 0240Z due to being "too high and having issues". WJE3247 was then vectored back for an approach runway 16 and was overshot by Tower due to traffic ahead on approach too slow. WJE3247 was vectored back for an approach runway 16 and landed OK at 0305Z.
aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8956 posts, RR: 41
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2898 times:
Yup, at RJK: it's a very small airport, doesn't have much in the way of ILS and it was foggy when my flight from STR got there. They flew the approach, went around and flew holding patterns, waiting for the fog to lift. Rinse and repeat another time, then we diverted to ZAG, waited there for a while and finally went to RJK - four hours late, IIRC.
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