Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47 Posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2350 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.
Iainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2287 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!
Rlwynn From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 1080 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2214 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.
Lax2000 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2207 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!