BristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2326 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5130 times:
About 5 mins ago a Southwest 737 went over my house (nr 15th Ave & Mcdowell) really low. It had the gear down and looked like it was about to land at PHX in an easterly direction, but it had just come from the direction of PHX. I've never seen one this far north of the airport.
Anyone any info? Aborted landing maybe due to weather conditions?
Cactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2457 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5073 times:
The winds this evening were pretty wild. I was outside about 630 or so and the wind was nasty and dust was everywhere.
I've seen lately when the winds are a bit weird that there will be some odd approaches/departures from Sky Harbor. Last time we had rain (what 2 or 3 weeks ago) I was at work near Cental and Thomas and saw a couple planes headed south, not their normal patterns.. that's probably what you saw today.... with the winds and dust whipping around they gave them an unusual approach...
Rikkus67 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 1810 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4684 times:
It seems weird to hear of any real wind issues** at PHX! My grandparents moved from Minneapolis to Phoenix WWAAYYY back in '69. Both are gone now. I spent many summers down in Phoenix, and as I grew older spent countless hours going back and forth on 24th street watching the aircraft landings between both runways.
Living in Calgary, Alberta, CANADA... there is always a wind factor involved in T/O and landings, being so close to the Rocky Mountains. Unlike PHX though, there are intersecting, rather than parallel runways, so any crosswinds, you don't have a choice to change direction.
I would imagine with the high temps and geographically being in the volcanic valley (always loved the red "dirt")... that can have an effect on windspeed.
** One season that I wasn't usually around for was monsoon season. How bad is the wind and storms effect on T/O and landings at that time of the year?