Katwspotter From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 203 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2089 times:
OUCH, that couldnt have been pretty. Especially because the pole when with it.
Begs to ask the question however, I know you cant see one but if a marshaller was near by couldnt they have crossed the wands to stop him and have them shut down the number 1 engine to retrieve the flag? Or since it was the captain who dropped it, why not just stop? Then it again, it seems to happen all too fast.
[Edited 2011-11-09 08:55:02]
A/C I have worked in ATW - SF340 E145 CRJ2/7/9 DC93/4/5 A319 MD80 B738 B752 B753 B763 B764 A333
wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 4787 posts, RR: 17 Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1949 times:
Is it clear that the captain was the one waiving the flag (and steering the a/c at the same time?). Could have been someone standing behind him, no? Seems like if he dropped it, he could have just hit the brakes, shut down the engine, and sent someone in to pick it up off the tarmac. Obviously, if someone had reflexively tried to grab it to keep the engine from ingesting it, we could have had a real tragedy.