Iainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (16 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 506 times:
Know there is war in the Gulf it is a time for a question.
If you were captaining a 747 for Quantas and had just taken of from Iran and fly over Iraq at FL 250 and you heard over the radio bombs were being dropped. I am sure all of you would go the quickest way out but would you fly high and avoid the ground fire and maybe hit a a sam. Or fly 200 of the ground so no sams hit you and you hope thatall ground fire see you a a commercail airline and not shoot.
I would ground hug as I think it is safer because when you are 25,000 feet hight they proably can not tell the diiference between a 747 and a B-52.
BryanG From United States of America, joined May 1999, 436 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (16 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 506 times:
This is an interesting question, because the US can't announce ahead of time when theye going to bomb--that would sort of defeat the point. I wonder if they hae any super-secret diplomatic channels where they say "hey, guys, you might not want to file any flight plans over Iraq next Thursday."
V jet From Australia, joined May 1999, 719 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (16 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 506 times:
Please dont take offence as none was meant. I guessed as much that your question was to just set up a scenario but just in the interest of accuracy I thought I would point out that QANTAS no longer flies to anywhere in the Middle East except for a codeshare agreement with Emirates to DXB. :-)
FlyBoy From United States of America, joined May 1999, 85 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (16 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 506 times:
Commercial airliners have been shot at before.
I remember the US navy taking out that Iranian airliner
not long ago with a surface to air missle.
Id pour on the fires and hightail it out of that airspace. lol
They say the best maneuver to to do a sharp roll
to throw the tracking of the missle off.
CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4473 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (16 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 506 times:
That possible scenario would not take place because the U.S. Navy would vector the commercial aircraft out ot the area before the bombing started. You are not allowed to fly over Iraqi airspace anyway. There is a no fly zone over much of the country. Last night you would have been met by F-14 Tomcats telling you to choose another route to England or whereever.
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
KIWI From New Zealand, joined Nov 2003, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (16 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 506 times:
I think this topic is strange in a way......Anyone in the world could be reading our answers!! Not that we are high ranking governmental officials(at least I'm not), but it's something to think about.....
Paul From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 374 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (16 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 506 times:
I would Decend to 15,000ft. with full thrust on all the engines, and declare an emergency into the nearset safe airport so that we could get the heck outta dodge. Also I would turn on all the lights I could find to identify myself as a Commercial Airline and pray that they don't notice i am British or American.