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User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (16 years 2 months 3 hours ago) and read 1221 times:

I was on a flight from PIT to MSP late Saturday night, upon landing we taxied to the gate but stopped short. The engines were turned off and a tug came and got us tugged us in about 20 - 30 feet. Can anyone explain why we needed a tug to go the last 20 - 30 feet? We did not have a tug in PIT or when we flew MSP to CLT on the 25 all in a 737 - 400.


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User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (16 years 2 months ago) and read 1155 times:


I think it was something wrong with hydraulic system. At IAD we had many times problem with nose-gear in B737-200 (MetroJet). When people from United (that time they were working as a contractors for USAirways) couldn't fix that problem in short period of time we had to tow that plane to remote parking and make space for incoming planes.


User currently offlineUSAirways737 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1026 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (16 years 2 months ago) and read 1153 times:

...It is because the USAirways gate at MSP is a very small area. So most pilots have the tug pull the plane into the gate.

User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (16 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1143 times:

It's more common than you may think to tow an A/C into a congested gate area (the old LGA terminal was like that on some gates) or a ramp/gate area under construction in deference to jet blast concerns or equipment clutter. Yes,I've flown USairways into MSP and had to get towed in as well. No big deal.

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