KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6144 posts, RR: 4 Posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2584 times:
They did an interesting low altitude tour of the south 'burbs of PDX tonight...I witnessed it from my car as I was driving home. I thought maybe they were in a (really low altitude for an airliner) hold! So low I could tell it was an AS 737.
It's not like they were on a grand tour of Portland, though - they diverted from their straight-in approach from the east, turned south, then circled back onto essentially the same approach. Could have been traffic ahead of them, traffic on the field, etc.
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RWA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2571 posts, RR: 4 Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2228 times:
There were some pretty tall cloud formations this evening over West Portland suburbs like Beaverton & Newberg, there was hail and winds for a while tonight, it never made it to the airport area, not even downtown, but planes were most likely trying to avoid what the news called unreliable weather, with pretty dark clouds and gusts of wind on the leading edge.
dinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1056 posts, RR: 19 Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2017 times:
As AS657 was on downwind for Rwy 10R the tail wind for planes arriving and departing got to be too high. The airport switched the arriving and departing runways during the middle of a small clutter of arrivals and some had to make a little detour while things on the ground and in the air were worked out.
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Roseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9132 posts, RR: 52 Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1980 times:
Those look like vectors for spacing. The airplane flew at a constant altitude for it, so I would assume they just needed some extra spacing on approach. It could have been that weather was restricting the acceptance rate, so they had to do some turns to slow them down.
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