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What Happened To AS657 This Evening?  
User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6388 posts, RR: 3
Posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3148 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.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/ASA657


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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13608 posts, RR: 61
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3130 times:
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Nothing out of the ordinary from what I see. Departed PHX 1 minute early at 1705 and arrived PDX 9 minutes early at 1940.


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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6388 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3109 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 1):


Nothing out of the ordinary from what I see. Departed PHX 1 minute early at 1705 and arrived PDX 9 minutes early at 1940.

Zoom in on the flight path around PDX in Flight Aware and you'll see it...they circled around south at low altitude.



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User currently offlineamwest2united From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3078 times:
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Quoting KELPkid (Reply 2):
Zoom in on the flight path around PDX in Flight Aware and you'll see it...they circled around south at low altitude

Looks like he may have been too high to land and had to lose more altitude prior to landing.



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13608 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3078 times:
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Quoting KELPkid (Reply 2):
they circled around south at low altitude.

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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User currently offlineBlueJuice From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3067 times:

I'm guessing it was spacing.

User currently offlinechrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2116 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2897 times:

The pilot got a text from a neighbor saying there was a strange car in his driveway, so he decided to take a look...

 


User currently offlineRWA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3268 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2792 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.


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User currently offlinedinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1063 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2581 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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User currently offlineRoseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9643 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2544 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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User currently offlineas739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6144 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2427 times:

Quoting dinker225 (Reply 8):

Agreed. Looks like they changed the runways as the flight started its downwind leg.



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