N202PA From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1577 posts, RR: 3 Posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4801 times:
Just heard from my mother that her DCA-SRQ flight on US Airways (Express?) had to perform an emergency landing in Greensboro yesterday. They said it was due to instrumentation, but all pax had to assume brace positions and were told that they didn't know what was going to happen.
Does anyone know anything about this? I didn't find a post on here about it, and I'd really like to know just what exactly happened & how serious the situation was.
Richierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4539 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3847 times:
Quoting FlyUSCG (Reply 3): PAX were either lied to or the crew wasn't trained to think and just said go straight to brace position. Just because you declare and emergency doesn't mean you brace.
Yeah, something doesn't sound right. I can't imagine putting passengers into the brace position because of a problem with the instrumentation (unless there were other problems compounding the situation).
As a PIC, you certainly don't want to alarm your passengers and crew unnecessarily however you are also trained to err on the side of caution.
Must have been pretty bad to need to divert to GSO - not even CLT their mx base....
DODCFR From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3762 times:
The article stated that there was a problem with the flaps. That may be reason enough to get back on terra firma. It may also cause a faster landing speed that may nessistate the brace position if it was a short runway.
But, I'm not a piotel and could be wrong.
FlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3630 times:
Quoting DODCFR (Reply 5): It may also cause a faster landing speed that may nessistate the brace position if it was a short runway.
Flap malfunction is indeed a flight control malfunction and per the FAR's, you MUST declare an emergency, no matter how insignificant the flap problem may be. However, a flapless landing isn't that big of a deal and especially if your going into GSO where you have plenty of runway. That was the exact scenario when I went for my recurrent training in Feb. Depart CLT-GSO, flaps are at 5 degrees and don't go up after takeoff so you run the checklist and declare an emergency. Decide to continue on to GSO since it isn't a safety of flight issue and inform the FA accordingly. We did the flapless landing and never had our simulated pax brace. I specifically asked the instructor if we should and he said "why would you need to?"