Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31 Posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3135 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.
So he blows down onto runway 19, shows himself as N357SW, and taxies to gate B9:
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
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3084 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...
SANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 6081 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2935 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?)