King penguin From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 78 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2050 times:
Caught the tail end of this from the ATC feed: AA 1586 (Los Angeles - Toronto) apparently had some mech. problems on approach. According to the cockpit, a flap wouldn't behave, so they were going to do a flaps up landing on Rwy. 23. 107 on board, and 12,000 lbs of fuel remaining (no dumping mentioned); a 25 mile final was taken. Emergency vehicles called out, but luckily not needed. Can't hear the communications with the tower, but all evidently went well -- the runway was very soon in regular use again. I suppose it may have been a hard landing...
Anyone have any more info. about this? Or how often this sort of thing happens?
On a lighter note, a later communication between YYZ approach and a pilot (commuter airline):
approach: i can give you a visual too if you like
pilot: um, we're still looking for the airport!
Leaves a nice mental picture of a plane staggering around the airspace, wondering where's the field? where's the field?
(they found it about a minute later, to ruin the picture)