Thom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46 Posted (13 years 11 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1118 times:
I happened to see something strange the other day.
I was sitting outside my house when a Saab-340 passed over me. Nothing strange about that. But then it turned left and did a 360 degree turn, and a nother and another. This looked very weird indeed. It had about two more minutes of flying time to the airport, but I doubt it the plane was circeling, because that normally takes place at a higher altitude and with less sharper turns.
If you are familliar with this kind of procedure please let me know what was happening.
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AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3474 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1104 times:
One can only guess and my guess would be that something happened at the airport that the airport needed a couple of more minutes before the airport was ready to receive in incoming airplane(s). Don't know any specifics about this particular airport or its environment, but one example that could happen anywhere is an airplane cleared for takeoff prior to the airplane you saw landing had a problem and aborted the takeoff at slow speed. Would take a minute or two (couple of 360 turns) to safely clear the runway so inbounds could land.
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PhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1100 times:
AAR90, given the evidence we have, looks to have got it right.
I assume the airport is not heavily trafficked, or was not at the time, as, if it were, the procedure would have been either to overshoot straight ahead and return to the landing pattern via a local VOR or NDB or, if the restriction was caused by an aircraft moving on the runway, to break left or right and then to return to the approach pattern.
Last saw a 360 done, as described, at Shannon two weeks ago today when a CL601 was asked to do "a slow 360 right to allow a light aircraft on the cross runway to clear.