Drerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5303 posts, RR: 8 Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6271 times:
Did a Continental 757 have an emergency landing at LAX yesterday (Wednesday June 23rd, 2004)? It would have been operating a morning flight from IAH perhaps a 757-300. Someone told me and I thought I'd come here for details-supposedly the flaps did not deploy for landing.
COfaninBOS From United States of America, joined May 2004, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5700 times:
You are correct. My sister's message on my answering service said crash landing. My sister hates flying and I am sure she was scared out of her mind since she was calling us to tell us how much she loves us and where her dogs were being kenneled just in case.
That said, CO took every precaution necessary. They came through the cabin and had everyone review the emergency landing guidelines. They also had people volunteer to release the doors and slides just in case and made sure that all children were accounted for by some adults.
I just spoke with her again and she said the landing was quite smooth. She noticed they came in at a higher speed and that LAX had fire and other safety crew ready on the ground just in case. Additionally, she claimed that the pilot probably came in with the nose of the plane much higher than normal to probably help reduce some speed in the air (her fiance's observation). She also said she was relieved by the FA crew. They were friendly, calm, and helpful and assured everyone that LAX was the perfect airport to be landing at since they have long runways.
Rojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2501 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5528 times:
Good thing they got back safely, but very strange it happened with a new plane like CO753.
It can happen to any airplane, new or old. I experienced a similar situation back in January when I was flying CM EZE-PTY on a B737-700. Flaps did not deploy and after an aborted landing and a 45 minutes overfly of Panama, the pilot performed an emergency landing. The only problem was that the flight was full and since it is consider to be the longest schedule flight in the world for a B737-700, fuel was also an issue. After almost 8 hours in the air and the pilot lowering flaps manually, we finally landed in PTY without any further problems...
Jaxs170 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5327 times:
A no flap landing is no big deal, you just have a higher approach speed and longer landing distance. If the thrust reversers and speed brakes are working, there really is no more dnager than what is involved in a regular landing on runways as long as the ones at LAX. If the runways were short, say less than 7000 feet, and/or the plane was very heavy (amongst many things), then it could be an issue.
JBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4498 posts, RR: 20
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4331 times:
This raises a good question.
I know that at least on some airlines there is a master switch for the cabin telephones in the cockpit. I've never seen a procedure to turn them off, but wouldn't that be a good idea in situations like this, to keep from stirring up a media frenzy?