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UPS MD-11 Incident Last Night In ANC?  
User currently offlinewoodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1039 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 11721 times:

I arrived in ANC last night around 8:50pm from Seattle (yes, Seattle was open) and there was a UPS MD-11 (could not get the reg, it was dark and raining) right in the middle of the taxiway adjacent to the B Concourse surrounded by emergency equipment and I mean A LOT of emergency equipment; police, ambulances, fire trucks, everything. At that point the forward L1 door was open and there were stairs leading up. I watched from the observation deck for the next hour as they opened all the cargo doors, upper deck and belly. As we departed around 10:30 the situation had not changed, Im wondering what was going on? Does anybody in ANC know? I can only assume there may have been a "suspicious" package on board and thats why she was all opened up with all the emergency vehicles?!?!

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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12319 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 11412 times:

I don't know of the incident, but it sure sounds like a response to a suspicious package, or a bomb threat. It also could have been a training exercise.

User currently offlineBHXDTW From Eritrea, joined Feb 2005, 1102 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 11312 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 1):
t also could have been a training exercise.

Would they do a training exercise on a taxiway ?

User currently offlineB727LVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 630 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5927 times:

Quoting BHXDTW (Reply 2):
Would they do a training exercise on a taxiway ?

For a various number of reasons. One that sticks out to me is to judge the response time from where the emergency equipment would normally be sitting. I know at my airport they use my planes to do just this.

After listening to the communications between the tower and pilot. The MD11 was UPS85 arriving from Shanghai Pudong. They landed on 7R, and while clearing the runway, called back to the tower reporting they had "smoke coming from the back of the aircraft." The pilot didn't say if it was from inside the aircraft or from the main gear, like hot brake. After clearing both 7R and 7L they pilot said they were going to clear taxiway K and then begain evacuating the aircraft form the left side. After that no further communication from the crew. According to the crew there was 33K of fuel left and 7 people on board at the time. No other info at this time. I will keep listening to the recordings to see if I hear anything. Hard to believe a hot brake would cause the crew to evacuate the plane...   

To listen to the recording go to:


Choose Nov 23 2010 on the calendar, slecet the Ancorage Del/Gnd/Twr/App (2nd from top) feed, then choose UTC time code 0430-0500Z then click submit.

The emergency call goes out shortly after the 19:55 time mark.

I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to planes!
User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4359 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5519 times:

He had 33,000 pounds of fuel upon landing; is that more than normal? I know they need enough to get to some alternate field if needed, so I'm not sure whether this amount is typical.

This was perhaps a faulty indicator? Nothing was ultimately found, apparently. But the crews never now this! Better safe than sorry!

User currently offlineskoker From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 440 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5338 times:


A UPS McDonnell Douglas MD-11, registration N257UP performing freight flight 5X-85 (dep Nov 23rd) from Shanghai (China) to Anchorage,AK (USA) with 7 people on board, had just completed an apparently uneventful flight and was turning off landing runway 07R onto taxiway E when the crew reported they had smoke coming from the back of their airplane and requested emergency services. The crew taxied clear of runway 07R, crossed 07L, stopped on taxiway E clear of runway 07L and evacuated onto the taxiway.

The airline reported, maintenance found no evidence of a fire.

User currently offlineB727LVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 630 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4923 times:

I wonder if there was a problem with the pressurization system? If the plane didnt fully depressurize on approach, then dumped itself after ladning the fog it produces can look a lot like smoke. I will say this tho, there was a lot of concern in the pilots voice during this moment. I'm glad that they are ok and nothing serious was wrong.

I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to planes!
User currently offlineAWACSooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4900 times:

Not knowing too much about the air circulation systems on the MD-11, I wonder if it could have been an aft cooling fan.

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