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User currently offlineSwafueler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (16 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4168 times:

I'm flying into Sea-Tac in about 2 weeks and I was wondering if anyone could tell me the more probable direction of landing. Would I have more of a chance with a 34Left or Right approach as compared to a 16Left or Right app? The reason I ask is I'm wondering if I'll have a good chance of seeing Mt. Rainer on final. Thanks.

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User currently offlineAsqx From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 630 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (16 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4130 times:

Let me look into my crystal ball and see what way you will be landing that day... LOL! Actually, depending on where you are coming from and what runway is in use, you can have a good view of Mount Ranier from either side! Your best bet is to make sure the flight comes in straight south from Sea-Tac and sit on the right side of the plane. I love to look out at the mountains as I fly up from PDX to Seattle. You have a better view of the mountain when you are passing over Tacoma then on final. The way the mountain is situated you won't get too many good views on final as it is at an odd angle and off in the distance.

Does any of this make sense?

User currently offlinePhilly phlyer From United States of America, joined May 1999, 317 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (16 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4117 times:

I've never had a good view of the mountain flying into Seattle since the flights I was on always seemed to approach from the North. On the other hand, I generally have found that I have a very good view of the mountain if I sit on the right side of the plane on take-off. They generally take off to the south and turn to the east well north of the mountain.

I had a work associate who sat on the right side of the plane on take-off and got a great shot of the mountain rising out of the clouds. Has it framed and in his office at work.

User currently offlineSEA nw DC10 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 491 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (16 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4118 times:

Here's a hint. It's sorta weird, but is totally true. When it's cloudy and raining in seattle, the planes 99.9999% of the time land to the South and take off to the south. When it's a clear sunny day, the planes 99.9999% of the time land from north to south, and take off to the north. During this time of year, it's mostly raining here in Seattle, and guess what...the planes are always landing to the south and taking off to the south. Check the weather in seattle the day before you leave, and see what it will be that day...If it says sunny, sit on the right side of the airplane and you'll fly in to the North over Tacoma and you'll see Rainier in all her glory. Otherwise, if it's raining and cloudy, sit on the right side of the plane also, you'll get an awesome view of downtown seattle, and you generally cannot see Rainier when landing from the North on a cloudy day. Good luck!

STEVE NWA ramp agent SEA

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