Delta 777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2026 times:
Hi, this is my first time posting here, but i,ve been coming here for about a year and a half now. Anyways, my dad works at DCA and he told me that the plane was a 737 and it made a emergency landing and locked the brakes. It is still parked on the main runway. All the bigger planes are being diverted to Dulles or BWI. The smaller planes are using the other two runways.
Gocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4400 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1986 times:
Yes, no major incident, but it was a Spirit Airlines and the aircraft was a DC-9 and not a 737...yes, I think Spirit flies one daily MD-80 flight. But it was taking off and something was wrong with the landing gears and it landed back. The brakes on the gears was locked and the plane cannot move. It took about 2 1/2 hours to get the plane off the runway.
Yes, the larger planes (757) were being diverted to Dulles and possibly BWI.
WentOnA777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1975 times:
Friday November 24, 4:10 pm Eastern Time
Spirit Airlines Accommodating D.C. Passengers on Other Flights
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 24, 2000--Spirit Airlines is accommodating passengers who were on this morning's Washington, D.C. - Fort Lauderdale, Fla. flight 139 which returned to Washington's Reagan National Airport due to an equipment problem.
Passengers were rebooked aboard Spirit's next flight to Fort Lauderdale beginning with this afternoon's flight 41, scheduled for a 3:59 p.m. departure from Reagan National. Passengers may also be accommodated on Spirit flights on Saturday.
Spirit flight 139 departed Reagan National Airport at approximately 11:00 a.m. this morning. After takeoff, a nose gear vibration was detected and the captain elected to return to Reagan National. The aircraft landed safely at approximately 11:10 a.m., at which time the passengers deplaned and were bused to the terminal.
The DC-9 remained on the runway due a possible malfunction of the right main brake gear that caused the brakes to lock. Maintenance personnel removed the brake before the aircraft could be towed off the runway at approximately 2:30 p.m.
``We will thoroughly investigate the cause of both the nose gear vibration and the brake malfunction,'' said Dave Hobgood, Spirit's vice president of operations. ``We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our passengers and any others traveling in or out of Reagan National this afternoon. We also thank all parties who assisted us today and we look forward to a smooth operation for the remainder of this holiday weekend.''
Gregg From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 327 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1940 times:
This is intersting.. Why would an aircraft with a potentail landing gear problem go back to Reagan with the short runway? Why not go to IAD or BWI with much longer runways, and probably the same flight time? Does Spirit have a maintenance base at Reagan? Just does not seam safe to do an emergency landing at an airport like Reagan if other airports have comperable flight times.