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FedEx DC-10 Stuck On SAN Runway  
User currently offlineSAN88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 114 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6615 times:

I thought this was interesting when I saw it as a breaking news alert last night on a local news station in San Diego.

Around 6:00pm on Wednesday night, the FedEx DC-10 (or MD-11, sorry I'm a newbie) arrived into San Diego and was taxing to its parking on the east side of the airport. While making a left turn to cross the runway apparently the airplane was stuck. Part of the plane was on the runway and several flights had to do go arounds while they towed the plane off the runway. The reported had said “the aircraft was on part of the taxiway that didn’t support its weight” It was about a 20 minute delay. Couldn’t find pictures or articles on this story but maybe someone can shed some light?


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6565 times:

One of my OAK-SAN flights went around because of this, but we were told that they'd have the aircraft moved in a minute or two. They did, and my flight was on the ground in another 5-6 minutes, and given the speed with which they got it moved we just assumed it was a GA aircraft of some kind. I didn't know it was a DC-10 until your post.

User currently offlineLindy Field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3120 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6400 times:
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Looking at the flight tracking websites, apparently it was a DC-10 in from Indianapolis, subbing for the usual A300. Maybe SAN got the larger aircraft because of Christmas season, don't know.

User currently onlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4811 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5974 times:
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Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 1):
One of my OAK-SAN flights went around because of this, but we were told that they'd have the aircraft moved in a minute or two. They did, and my flight was on the ground in another 5-6 minutes, and given the speed with which they got it moved we just assumed it was a GA aircraft of some kind. I didn't know it was a DC-10 until your post.

We counted 6 planes that went around. A couple were Southwest including a flight my gate was waiting for. I was in Ops at the time and I initially heard of the problem from one of our pilots over the radio. We all kinda went, "'scuse me, say again??" LOL Apparently the DC-10 took a wrong turn and got stuck. Exactly how he was stuck is unclear.



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12146 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5933 times:

If the wheels of it sunk into low strenght pavement (shoulder?), and aircraft were going around, it must have been in the runway safety area (RSA). If only the nose of the DC/MD-10/-11 penetrated of the RSA, they would be okay. But, if the main wheels were in the RSA, and damged the pavement, they would still have to close the runway until repairs are made.

User currently onlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4811 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5903 times:
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Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 4):
they would still have to close the runway until repairs are made.

They towed the aircraft and flights resumed normally after about 10 minutes. One of my supervisors drove down there to check it out. He said that it apparently made a wrong turn when crossing the runway and entered the wrong taxiway. Getting him back on the right path required backing it up a bit. Something that couldn't be done without pushing/towing the aircraft.



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User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5854 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 4):
If only the nose of the DC/MD-10/-11 penetrated of the RSA, they would be okay.

Well technically no... Anything non fixed-by-function or frangible in the RSA cannot be in there with the runway open... If it's just the nose of the plane penetrated the RSA, the tower could inform the pilots on the approach and they can choose whether or not to continue or go missed.

Since 6 aircraft went around I would say that the plane was well within the RSA, the airport was unsure of the situation and closed the runway locally to find out what they need to do, or the plane was so far into the RSA that they had to shut the runway down so crews could get out there safely to tow it out.


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5786 times:

Well, whatever safety area they busted, they sure got it out of the way quickly. As I mentioned before, they got it cleared and open again so fast that I just assumed it was a small GA type. I was quite surprised to hear from this thread that it was a DC-10.

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