WILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9237 posts, RR: 76
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 9 hours ago) and read 13948 times:
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"73 passengers circled above the Lesbos Island. The air traffic controller of the tower was LATE for work. Scheduled landing of the 737 was 6:35, at 7:05 she was able to land at Lesbos. For about 30 minutes the pilots were unable to contact the tower. The air traffic controller said that he overslept. Controllers are only human beings as well."
NEMA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 732 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 8 hours ago) and read 13689 times:
Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 7): For about 30 minutes the pilots were unable to contact the tower.
I am surprised during this period that the pilots didnt give up and consider going elswhere...i guess they wouldnt know why they couldnt make contact with anyone and after several attempts an alternative destination might have been sought.
There isnt really a dark side to the moon, as a matter of fact its all dark!
Acelanzarote From Spain, joined Nov 2005, 860 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 8 hours ago) and read 13689 times:
30 minutes seems a long time to circle if the tower was unmanned?
Was someone aware the controller was on the way to work otherwise
how long would the flight have circled before diverting? and where to out
from the Island with sun and great photo's.. Why not visit Lanzarote
ComairGuyCVG From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 340 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 3 hours ago) and read 12158 times:
Quoting Bomber996 (Reply 14): If this was the case couldn't the aircraft use the CTAF frequency?
Yeah that's what I'm thinking. Why couldn't they just come in and land and make the normal call outs as you would coming into any uncontrolled field over CTAF. Because at this point, the airport was basically uncontrolled. And where was the previous controller that was on duty? They couldn't just stay over a few minutes until the relief arrived?
YULWinterSkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2201 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 3 hours ago) and read 12045 times:
Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 7): "73 passengers circled above the Lesbos Island. The air traffic controller of the tower was LATE for work. Scheduled landing of the 737 was 6:35, at 7:05 she was able to land at Lesbos.
Well, who really needs to be in Lesbos at 6.35 AM? It's a greek island! PS: I'm sarcastic, fuel is expensive...
WestJetYQQ From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2987 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (6 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7224 times:
Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 9): Some airports are closed at nights and then is nobody on the tower at all. I don't know how it is in Lesbos, but could be the reason why there hasn't been anybody around.
Quoting Acelanzarote (Reply 11): 30 minutes seems a long time to circle if the tower was unmanned?
Was someone aware the controller was on the way to work
Here at Comox, the airport often goes uncontrolled during low traffic periods in the middle of the day. The airport just assumes the situation is as if it was any other uncontrolled airport. Generally if that airport was uncontrolled, the aircraft should have been able to land that way.
Quoting Fn1001 (Reply 2): When I saw the title I was thinking about Helios Airways Flight 522.
I was thinking of the Go! pilots who were in the news last week!
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