NIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 2915 times:
Weird thing this morning. Just before 8AM. A JAL 744 came in real low over us here in it's way to JFK. It is not a normal landing pattern and I heard him fooling with his engines. Sure seems like her was returning to JFK after a take-off. Don't know the flight#. Could someone find something out? Post it!
Spacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3517 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2501 times:
Come on any JFK employees here? I am almost positive this 744 had to return to JFK after departure. The Captain was really on the engines too. Also had his landing coming out very late in the final.
It was probably a visual approach - it's a nice day today and some airline pilots do ask for visual approaches to get on the ground faster. (Listen to the JFK tower sometime - you'll hear them. The tower ATC is available on the net.)
My last flight back from Japan on ANA, we did a really weird approach also - seemed to descend very fast and got on the localizer only a few miles from the airport. Probably also a visual approach (was a nice day as well).
The engine revving sounds pretty normal - with flaps and slats out to 30/40 degrees it can take a lot of power to make speed adjustments. And they may have also been a little low on the glideslope, judging by your description. But probably no big deal.
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NIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2425 times:
It was a 400, saw the winglets. A friend of mine who is a CFI was there also and was a little concerned. He seemed to think the pilot wasn't having the easiest time. He was really low and in three years we have never seen a jumbo this low that far out from JFK coming over us in fact I would definitely say he was way too low for that distance out. I will try that site Nyc777. Thanks!