Roseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9690 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2812 times:
They went down to 20,000ft for the entire flight back to Atlanta. I have to assume that they lost a Pack or something that would force them down to 20,000ft. You can't fly ETOPS on 1 pack, but you can fly over land.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
wingnutmn From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 650 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2542 times:
Descend down to FL200 was probably to burn fuel but could no go lower due to DC airspace. Most likely the plane was needed back in ATL to cover another rotation after mx was completed or because ATL had the replacement airplane or crew.
Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing! It's a bonus if you can fly the plane again!!