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UA 747-400 Misses Approach At SFO  
User currently offlineDroneklax From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 27 posts, RR: 0
Posted (16 years 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4710 times:

This morning at SFO, I was comfortably ( NOT) seated in my Economy Plus seat (on the UA shuttle!!). As we were holding for take off at the end of the runway, a 747-400 was in final approach on the cross-runway. It came within 10 feet of the ground, and then I see it going back up in a steep climb, landing gear retracting. WOW! I had never seen this in my life, and I can't help but wonder what it must have felt like as a passenger.

It was a 8:am landing, so I assume it was a flight from Japan or China.

Does anyone have more information on what happened?

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User currently offlineABQ757 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (16 years 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4588 times:

I have seen that too a few years ago an America West 737-300 was landing at ABQ and it did the same thing too. If i was a passenger i would probably be scared for a little bit, but then say "Hey! at least i get to be on the plane longer!"

User currently offlineRapo From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 395 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (16 years 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4560 times:

I was on an ATA L-1011 in 1987 which aborted a landing in Philadelphia because of another a/c on the runway. I wasn't too alarmed & I really enjoyed the steep climbout.

User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (16 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4543 times:

I was hoping for that on my return flight...sounded as if it might be fun to experience it!


(good guess on the flight--best bet would be 806 from HKG)

User currently offlineRotate777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (16 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4494 times:

This occurs occasionally at SFO. I was at SFO one day spotting, and throughout the day I witnessed three missed approaches.


User currently offlineN754PR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (16 years 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4471 times:

My only Go around was on a BA 744 at Hong Kong (Kai Tak) runway 31 !! not 13.


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