Vanguard From Solomon Islands, joined Feb 2004, 117 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5027 times:
Tonight (25.05.05) between at least 19:35 and 19:55 a 747 circled Cranleigh at around 500 ft. At first I thought it was just a VERY low approach to nearby LGW, but it just kept circling. Dunsfold aerodrome is nearby, and I thought it might be landing there, but I doubt it could handle a 747! Dark blue tail, white fuselage with some titles, but not legible. Certainly not a mainstream airline.
Looked like a -200 series. Anyone have an explanation?
Sukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 384 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 4221 times:
The preference was for it to land on runway 25 hence the circuit that it went straight in to on arrival. After some discussions the ground crew thought it better for a 07 landing due to the concrete not being strong enough for the aircraft to turn on for a backtrack and plus the lack of a tug. A low approach and go around was then taken on 07 with the crew then deciding to go for 07 instead of the planned for 25. It had to keep below 2400ft because of the LGW departures but was higher than 500ft