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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 46
Posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2380 times:

Ok...here's one that left me a bit baffled. Maybe some of you can help me.

I saw a Lufthansa 747-400 at about 1230 this afternoon on approach to LAX.
Nothing too exciting about that, except the path I saw it taking.
It came from west to east, to make the 180 degree turn onto finals. It was the same path I normally see the planes from northern CA, PDX, SEA, etc., and the Pacific heavies coming from.

I was surpised by this because I normally see all the European traffic come in from the east.

Does this mean that LH has flights from the Pacific to LAX, or was this a hideously distorted approach?


By the way, I got a perfect view of this while driving on Interstate 5 through downtown LA, enroute from Burbank to Orange County.

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User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2317 times:

I doubt the flight came from over the pacific, LAX is very well known for funny things, I know that they change runway on your all the time. I reckon they sent him on a funny, for some reason or anotehr that you could not see!
Iain


User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2309 times:

Matt:

2 thoughts:

1) LAX Center and Coast Approach sent him that way due to traffic overload from the east, and put him on the Sadde Six arrival, or...

2) Perhaps LH was operating an SFO-LAX segment due to a cancellation at either SFO or LAX.

Tom in NO (at MSY)



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User currently offlineDL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2094 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2302 times:

Sounds like the LH 747-400 encountered a typical runway direction change and had to double back.

User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6835 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2286 times:

I'm guessing it was coming in from Europe, via Avenal. Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought that was not unusual for European arrivals into LAX. Gotta spend more time on thetrip.com, I guess.

User currently offlineB-787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 273 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

This also happens in a missed approach.


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User currently offlineRlwynn From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 1085 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2244 times:

Actually that is pretty a standard approach for flights from europe. For Instance my VS LAX-LHR flight went straight over Reno acroos the Sierras over Bakersfield to the coast over Ventura then turned left (east). We came over the coast over malibu and made a 180 after downtown for the landing at lax.


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User currently offlineLax2000 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2237 times:

I think Rlwynns right. West bound Europe flights usually use the polar route and drop into the U.S over Washington or Idaho and you are set up like a flight from Spokane or Reno.
I love the view from downtown when the heavies coming from the west make there turn towards the airport. A couple years ago I saw Air Force One make this turn while I was on the 110 coming into downtown from Pasadena..Pretty cool stuff!

Adam


User currently offlineTheCroupier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2219 times:

>>A couple years ago I saw Air Force One make this turn while I was on the 110 coming into downtown from Pasadena..Pretty cool stuff!

Was that the famous Hair Cut One you are referring to? < Smile>I guess that was back in '94 or '95.


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