Blackbird1331 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1911 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 8149 times:
Gee, I was worried there for a moment, I thought for sure it was going to be the Boeing9684 I was scheduled for. But, it was the right thing to do when they emptied the airplane and started over. I guess the events of 9/11 will haunt us forever.
Cameras shoot pictures. Guns shoot people. They have the guns.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 8111 times:
>>>A side note: Look at when it mentions the aircraft type, I guess UA just started taking deliveries of this new aircraft
Obviously, the folks writing the story had little knowledge of aviation, and essentially just "typed what they heard"...
We once got a call from a station long ago, who said the captain on an inbound flight was reporting a problem with the "80-F". There certainly weren't -that- many rows of seat on the aircraft, so we were all wondering what the -real- problem was. The captain called after landing, and the problem was actually the aircraft's "ADF" (automatic direction finder) instrument....
Flairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7941 times:
if it happened at DCA, then I spotted another problem in the HEADLINE this time:
last time I checked, DCA was in Washington DC and not Virginia. I'd expect that people who think that Airbus flies 8320s (nice plane BTW! I think its the counterpart to Boeings 7E7!) to put Washington DC as most people don't even know that IAD is in Virginia!
Not trying to brag or anything, but it seems that with the exception of a few cities, Miami/Fort Lauderdale has some of the best aviation writers...they have articles almost daily and they never seem to mess up!
UA744KSFO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7774 times:
Yes, DCA is also in Virginia, right across the river from Washington, DC. At one time, what is now Arlington County, VA used to also be part of the District of Columbia, but Virginia took it back before the Civil War. If you look on a map, the borders of Arlington County and Washington, DC form a square. This was George Washington's plan of the city.
Bicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7758 times:
Yes, indeed, DCA is located on the other side of the Potomac River and entirely in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I live in the District and all we have here is Union Station (WAS)...no airports in the District of Columbia....unless you count the helicopter pads at Bolling Air Force base. The incident happened at DCA (Reagan-National) and not at Dulles (IAD). Looks like the story may have been dictated and whoever transcribed it thought the reporter said "8-320" instead of "A-320." If one doesn't enunciate, mistakes like this happen.
PHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1291 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7672 times:
Correction: DCA was the orgin of the incident. Sorry not IAD, although I could have sworn I saw it. Yep, DCA is in Virginia. If your at Gravelly Point and walk down to the Potomac and look across, that is DC. IAD and DCA are both in VA.
Spacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3993 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 7139 times:
being a caucasian male, would the same events have happened if i had "apruptly left the plane?"
I realize you're trying to turn this into a racial issue, but I'm going to answer you seriously: the same events would have happened depending on how you had abruptly left the plane, and what your demeanor was beforehand.
You're not getting the full story here. If this guy was, for example, a business class passenger who also happened to be the VP of a well-known company in the financial sector, and he "abruptly left the plane" because of an emergency meeting he'd just been informed of being held by the board of directors of his company, and he explained this properly to the flight crew, I guarantee no further action would have been taken regardless of the man's race or nationality.
Conversely, if you, as a white male, got on the plane with a small briefcase held close to your chest, sweating buckets, sat in your seat and five minutes later abruptly left the plane without your briefcase, I would expect and hope the plane would be evacuated. Even if you simply opened and closed your briefcase and then hurriedly exited the plane, I would think there'd be cause for worry.
Notwithstanding the fictional account in the movie "Airport", there actually was a 707 that was blown up in an insurance scam over I believe Missouri in the 1960's or 70's - most pilots even today would know of this incident, so you're not off the hook simply because you're a white male. Flight crews are trained to a certain extent to watch behavior and act accordingly, regardless of race or nationality.