GVROYphx From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 120 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2012 times:
I'm hearing from a friend who was there...see email below....anyone have pics??????
Apparantly a Corsair 747 had a missed approach into SXM Sunday afternoon.
were off course, and almost hit a building. They aborted landing, circled
30 minutes, went to another island for fuel, then came back to SXM.
Newark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1915 times:
Sounds very exaggerated to me. Especially on an approach like SXM, I would think that if the plane was so off course to be in danger of striking a structure, they would abort the approach long before there was any danger. In any case, go-arounds are more common than many people believe, and really aren't newsworthy unless something else spectacular happens.
LimaFoxTango From Antigua and Barbuda, joined Jun 2004, 850 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks ago) and read 1800 times:
The weather for the Eastern Caribbean haven't been the best within the past week or so. My best guess would be, the flight was coming in during low viz. The mere fact that the aircraft "circled for 30 mins" proves that theory somewhat. In any event, if the flight divered to another island "for fuel", they most likely would have gone to Guadeloupe or Martinique. Also, it is highly unlikely that the aircraft "strayed off course and almost hit a building".
You are said to be a good pilot when your take-off's equal your landings.