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Off-course Cargo Jet Averts Disaster (at SEA)  
User currently offlineN766AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1728 times:

Off-course cargo jet averts disaster
(KING/5 News)

SEATTLE – It was a thunderous wake-up call just before 9 a.m. Tuesday morning. The steely nerves of construction crews working at Sea-Tac Airport were shaken to their foundations.

“Something was not right. Something was absolutely not right. He was way too low to be here, that's for sure,” said construction foreman, Rich Binckley.

An Emery Air Cargo [DC-8] plane roared dangerously close to the ground. witnesses say it was lower than the 230-foot fog -shrouded air traffic tower currently under construction.

“You see that tower right there? We expected a big bang. It scared the crap out of everybody,” said construction worker, Brad Duncan.

“It happened so quick after the fact I thought what would I do to survive – it was headed straight for us,” said construction worker Joe Fuchs. “A plane so big there was nowhere to go, that's what was scary about it.”

The FAA says the emery cargo pilot was supposed to land on runway 16-R but instead drifted about a half mile off course, actually crossing over another runway and busy air cargo road while aborting the failed landing.

“He was considerably drifting off course and we want to know why and how,” said FAA spokesman, Mike Fergus.


Its not a great-written story, but seems that none of the other Seattle media has picked up on it.

I wish I would have been there  

So how does a DC8, on the ILS approach (1/4 mile visability at the time!) get so far off the localizer to end up over International Blvd. and almost clip the new control tower?!

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User currently offlineDE727UPS From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 814 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (14 years 8 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1637 times:

What was the RVR....1/4 mile vis is pretty low. I'll tell ya though, shit happens when you been up all night and have to fly a low vis ILS, possibly by hand. I hate doing that. I've seen old autopilots do some strange things, too. This is not a high tech, auto-land, airplane. Making no excuses for the crew, it shouldn't have happened.

User currently offlineN766AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

I was listening to ATC earlier and RVR was almost down to minimums... about 1800. Visability at my house this morning was ZERO, and I am about 6nm from SEA. I guess I can understand how, in the frenzy of the moment, something can go wrong.

User currently offlineCargyvr From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1595 times:

On Seattle news this morning they said SEATAC was on a low visibility standby with emerg. equip. out ready to roll if needed. At YVR (vancouver) we got a few aircraft that diverted from SEA. TWA, AA Flights etc.

User currently offlineRyaneverest From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1550 times:

Is this CAT II or possibly even IIIa if it had been landing with instrument?

User currently offlineN766AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1501 times:

SEA is equipped with CAT IIIa, but from the pilots saying what RVR they needed to ATC, most were flying the CAT II appraoch.

RVR got down to under 400 last night, way below mins for CAT II.

User currently offlineRyaneverest From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1477 times:

N766AS - is the minimum RVR for CAT II 350m? Or are you talking about 400ft, that means it's gonna be CAT IIIb!!!

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