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Southwest 733 Flight Of Mystery Through MSY  
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2514 times:

So there I am, up on the roof of our concourse B, doing my project management thing.....I just happen to dig up FlightAware on my BlackBerry, just to check on what's coming in. Lo, and behold, a Southwest 737-300 shows up as coming from Dothan, AL. Cool.....I figure he's probably ferrying out of Pemco or some place like that, and is going to operate a revenue flight out of MSY.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/SWA8507

So he blows down onto runway 19, shows himself as N357SW, and taxies to gate B9:

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l264/tmoore065/DSC01912.jpg?t=1172874435

No more than 15 minutes later, having opened ONLY the L1 door, no baggage doors, and having not taken on any additional fuel, he pushes back from the gate. Off he taxies to runway 28, whereupon he uses no more than 3,000' of runway in jetting off towards HOU. And nothing shows up on FlightAware.

Hence the mystery.....and the search for clues begins.....any Sherlock Holmes' out there today?

Tom at MSY


"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2463 times:

T'was late getting out of MX work at DHN. Crew almost out of duty time, so stopped in MSY for a fresh crew that had been DH'd from HOU. Aircraft fueled through from DHN, and very light, so I don't doubt she got off the ground at MSY pretty quickly...  Wink

User currently offlineSANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5477 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2314 times:

What a kick! A seemingly strange occurrence and questions from an airport rooftop; 92 minutes later, a complete explanation of all questions! Where else but in the age of electronic gizmos and A.net (and the WEB!)

What an incredible world we live in. BTW, great job OPNLguy -- right there with the answers as always. (Are you ever away from the computer?)  Smile

bb


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2298 times:

Quoting SANFan (Reply 2):
(Are you ever away from the computer?)

My cereberal cortex has a USB 2.0 port....

[Edited 2007-03-03 01:48:01]

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2095 times:

Quoting Tom in NO (Thread starter):
And nothing shows up on FlightAware.

Oh yeah, that's because 8507 turned 8510...

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/SWA8510


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