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UA 29 JFK-LAX PS Service 3 Hours Delay July 31  
User currently offlineAifos From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 61 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 4185 times:

Last night UA 29 made it to LAX with a 3 hours delay due to a change of equipment.

Plane (N502UA) left gate on time at 8.55 pm but never made it to its cruising altitude. We circled the JFK area for over 90 minutes at a low altitude. Captain eventually mentioned he was experiencing hydraulic problems in one of the wings and had to burn fuel before making it to the ground. He also said that landing was going to be very rough.

Descent was incredibly fast, landing was indeed rough at very high speed. All traffic was stopped at JFK and all possible firemen trucks of the airport converged to our plane as we were landing. Not familiar enough with JFK to tell you which runway was used (but we used it all…)

Inspection of the plane was performed and we were invited to get off the plane after 20 minutes. Another UA aircraft was getting cleaned and our luggage transferred as we waited at gate 8. We eventually took off past midnight and reached LAX at 3.25am this morning. Instead of the 11.45 pm expected arrival. What I don’t understand is why the status for this flight on united.com doesn’t show any delay!

This was the last leg of a long six weeks business trip to Europe flying 16 uneventful segments on CO, IB and AF with not much to report. Other than being really impressed by CO’s Business First (flew EWR-BHX and MAD-EWR with them). Will fly them again.

AA Ex. Platinium
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User currently offlineGman3 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 290 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4105 times:

Glad it went ok! I actually was supposed to work that flight last night but I had to call in sick.

User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4064 times:

You got onto another B757-200 in Premium Service configuration?

No Vueling No Party
User currently offlineGman3 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 290 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4050 times:

Yes he did. They just swapped out the plane. There are no regular 757s on standby at JFK.

User currently offlinePremoBrimo From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4020 times:

United.com does not have a good flight status feature like other websites.

Now You're Flying Smart.
User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6170 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3975 times:

The bad part is that certain system bugs don't like to show their ugly head until you are airborn, be it hydraulic, electrical, or even pnuematic.

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User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 29022 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3902 times:

The aircraft was experiencing some flight control problems. As a precaution it was deemed best to return to JFK.

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