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Follow-Up On NW DC-9 Tornado Thread  
User currently offlineJohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1659 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3643 times:

I tried to reply to the original thread about the Northwest DC-9 that tried to land in a tornado, but it's been archived and can't be added to. Here's the original thread:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1166984/

And here's a follow-up story from the Memphis Commercial Appeal this morning - the Memphis-based pilot is in some deep water now over that one:

http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/business/article/0,1426,MCA_440_2737780,00.html

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Northwest Airlines pilot has been ordered suspended for 45 days for trying to land his jetliner amid an apparent tornado, but has appealed and can fly in the meantime, federal officials said.

Michael Hughes of Collierville, "was careless and endangered the lives and property of others" when he tried to land the DC9 at Sioux Falls airport last June, Federal Aviation Administration lawyer Chris Zurales wrote in a suspension order issued Tuesday. Hughes ultimately landed the plane in Omaha, Neb.

Hughes has appealed the suspension and can continue to fly until the appeal is heard. Messages left with his union attorney were not immediately returned.

Northwest spokesman Kurt Ebenhoch said the airline had no comment.

Hughes was the pilot in command of a flight from Minneapolis to Sioux Falls on June 24 when he tried to land the plane, even as an apparent tornado dropped from the sky and created wind shear that tossed the craft about.

The apparent tornado was one of 67 twisters in South Dakota that day, tying a national record for the most in a state in a 24-hour period.

An investigation found that air traffic controllers told Hughes about thunderstorms near the airport, but he continued his approach to the runway without asking for more information.

Minutes later, the control tower told him a wall cloud was headed to the airport and other pilots had "likened it to a tornado."

Passengers on the flight likened the experience to someone pushing the plane sideways.

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User currently offlineWestern737 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3401 times:

Hey Accidentally and other guys who agreed with.... See, now do you still think this is an another article full of statements by folks who have no idea what they're talking about??

User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8267 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3289 times:

Well how was he supposed to know how strong certain parts of the storm were? Not like those archaic old DC-9s have any reasonable kind of weather radar or anything.  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineZASpringboks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3137 times:

What a guy! He can pilot my flight anyday. That takes balls of steel to land an airliner into a tornado. Confidence is a good thing in this industry. That must have been a great ride.

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