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Saw My First "go Around"  
User currently offlineNeednewairport From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 235 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2931 times:

Stopped by SAN this morning on my way to work (it is on the way) and got to experience my first go around! I was thrilled. A typical WN was on its way in, typically rather boring (I hope LH brings their 340's here) anyway, a couple of hundred of feet off the ground, the engines scream, they pull up and wheels retract. I could not stick around long enough to see if they came back, I was shocked and excited all it once. It was amazing, wish I had been on the flight......

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User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2918 times:

It is fun to watch, having spotted at Kai Tak for years it became almost normal to see go arounds !!. I even got one on a BA 744 landing on RWY 31, not 13.

User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 2855 times:

my first was an L1011 at dfw then i saw a dc-10 at ewr... aw, the good ole days!

Go big or go home
User currently offlineHAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2636 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 2850 times:

Another good place is Maui. Not the local interisland flights, but the guys from the mainland - AA, UA, Delta. They're not used to the winds and short runway - it makes for a lot of go-arounds.


One smooth landing is skill. Two in a row is luck. Three in a row and someone is lying.
User currently offlineFlyer732 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1395 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2809 times:

They're nothin special. Just a waste of money. It happens.

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19612 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2731 times:

I was aboard an EI 143 routing DUB-BHX when the aircraft went around...

"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineTineau From Netherlands, joined Nov 2001, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2725 times:

My icelandair flight jfk-kef made an turnaround at keflavik due to heavy ground fog! It was quite an experience!

User currently offline737heavy From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 601 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2705 times:

I saw a Kuwait 777 do a go around right over my head on Saturday. One minute he's almost on the runway next the engines power up, nose comes up and he's off.


User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2694 times:
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I remember when a ATA 757-300 did a go around at MDW. I saw it dip down and it went back up with it's engines on full power.

"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
User currently offlineJanne From Sweden, joined Sep 2001, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2651 times:

I saw a go around at Son San Juan in Mallorca in May this year. I was standing
beside the runway with my camera to nail a landing 767 when it shortly
before touch down pushed the throttles, pulled the gear up and climbed.
I turned my head and saw that the previous aircraft was a few seconds
from completely leaving the runway at the far end of it. As far as I understand
there was absolutely no danger if the 767 would have landed but I guess
the rules are non-negotiable when it comes to safety. The go around must
have cost quite a lot of money. Still, I think that's the way to handle a
situation like that.

User currently offlineAstrojet From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 565 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2637 times:

I saw a go arround a few days ago in Ibiza when a Volare A330 came in, in windy conditions, and looks like the pilot couldn´t manage to get this thing down, you know, the soil effect, and when he saw the rwy was getting too short for landing decided to go arround. On the second time he almost touched down before the rwy.

User currently offlineCre From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2630 times:

Two of my last three trips I took this summer had go-arounds: first in July, United Express CRJ landing in MKE from DIA, just a few second from touchdown up we went - traffic on the runway. The other was earlier this month, Chicago Express Saab 340 landing in IND from MDW, never found out reason for it.

User currently offlineBoeingholiday From Austria, joined Apr 2002, 456 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2632 times:

My go-around experience was quite thrilling, some years ago, when Hapag-Lloyd had their Boeing 737-400... Anyway, back from Corfu to Munich, we approached and I was able to see the airport-buildings, when suddenly the engines screamed, wheels retracted and the airplane pulled up. I've never felt the whole power of such engines, in one way it was great. Some time later, the pilot excused and assured the frightened people that everything was alright and that we would land in a couple of minutes. Cause: Traffic, some stupid pilots from russia didn't listen to the aero-control. My father filmed these incredible scenes. Big grin

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2605 times:

Been on two go-arounds in my lifetime: a Piedmont 737-300 in CLT, and a United 737-300 at DEN-Stapleton. Seen them many times from the ground during my employ at MSY. Happens more often than people think.

Tom in NO (at MSY)

"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineFsuwxman From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 439 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2595 times:

I have seen one, FedEx 1478 (B727) [No, not the same day it crashed, it was months before]

ASOS... Another Shi#y Observation Station
User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6210 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

When I was flying into Norfolk a few years ago, we had to make a go-around.

I saw a AA MD-80 go around at DFW because the tower controller was so busy talking he never cleared the flight to land.

A few years ago I had flown into MCO and an guy flew his twin comanche into MCO to meet me and take me to Winter Haven. I later found out that an AA jet had to go around because the twin comanche stayed on the runway too long on his way in to pick me up.

Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineDutchDeltaDude From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2571 times:

I have experienced two go-arounds, one summer 1992, a LH flight FRA-AMS, and one last winter, a UA JFK-IAD flight. On UA, the pilot simply announced "lady's and gentlemen, we spotted another aircraft on our runway, so we decided to go around and try again". Oops...

User currently offlineClipperNo1 From Germany, joined May 1999, 672 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

I've seen several. Most remeberable was some weeks ago when a Kuwait 777 came out of the low, rainy clouds short of the runway, was visible for about 8 sec., gave full throttle and disappeared again. I left then as it was pouring that day.

Take-off abortions are more 'exciting' to watch.

"I really don't know one plane from the other. To me they are just marginal costs with wings."� Alfred Kahn, 1977
User currently offlineKaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1589 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2546 times:

Saw my first as well as tons of go arounds at Kai Tak. The only time I have been on a flight that did a go around was on the 4th of july this year. Flying into LAX on a United CRJ we executed a go around on short final approach. Supposedly there were some "homie's" launching rather illegal, probably stolen fire works into the approach path. Anyone else hear about this on the 4th out at LAX?

User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6537 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2526 times:

The only g/a I've ever seen was one of SAS' countless MD's on it's way to rwy 30 at CPH. Varig's 777 had just landed and was apparently crossing the runway too slow, so the poor little MD had to climb out again. It sure did make people turn their heads (I think we were some 10-15 people at Flyvergrillen that day).

Shame on you Varig  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

While spotting one Sunday at YYZ, we saw three go-arounds. A My Travel 330, an American MD 80 series, and a Jazz Dash-8. The A330 was the most awsome of the three, obviously.


User currently offlineNightcruiser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2500 times:

I was on a Northwest 747-400 that had to do a go-around in AMS during the early morning hours. Our 747 flew over the North Sea so low that I could see some crewmen of a shipping vessel sailing close to the shore. Amazing site indeed!

User currently offlineSpeedbird244 From Brazil, joined Apr 2000, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2492 times:

My first witnessed go-around was a KLM DC-10 at GIG. Cause: Lan Chile 707 on runway. It was great! My first on-board go-around was on BA 757 whilst atempting to land at Pisa. I´m not sure about the cause, but I remember quite severe turbulence on finals. The most agonizing go-around I´ve witnessed were the 3 go-arounds a PAL BAC 1-11 had to perform while atempting to land at night at DAO in the Philippines, in a heavy, heavy thunderstorm - with my mother aboard! I couldnt see the plane itself, but i could almost "see" the roar of those RR Speys.
Kai Tak had several go-arounds, but SFO had a whole lot more.

User currently offlineCschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2439 times:

Yes, in May was on a KLM MD-11 approaching SFO that did a go around. We were getting too close to traffic in front. It was tentative at first, slowing down, then engines sped up a bit, then much more power as we pulled away, but wasn't too sharp a climb at all.

User currently offlineArchie From Mexico, joined Aug 2000, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2419 times:

I have seen several go arounds at MEX. I have seen Taesa, Mexicana, United and AeroMexico airplanes do go around. It is interesting when you know it is not because of an emergency.


25 Post contains images 9V-SVE : FS2k2 airports have much more go-arounds because ATC doesn't give out speed restrictions! During one spotting session at Heathrow in an hour I witness
26 Cx flyboy : I have only ever had one, and that was when all our radios failed on short finals going into Heathrow without landing clearance, so we went around, tu
27 D120Heavy : The first time I ever saw an A-340( Singapore), it was a go around(SFO), about 5-6 years ago.
28 Swissgabe : Have seen a Malaysia Airlines B747-400 at KLIA and have been in a BritAir CRJ on CDG-BSL during a heavy snow storm ...
29 AM744 : One evening spotting at MEX I got to see three go arounds in a period of two hours. AM MD-80, AM MD-87 and MX A320. The MD-80 is definetely NOT an und
30 HlywdCatft : Go arounds were a daily event at DTW before that 4th parallel runway was built. I remember I was spotting at the old Checkpoint 6 at the threshold to
31 Delta15 : Was actually in a go around last monday flying ric-atl on a dl 727. We were just a few feet from the runway, when the plane pulled up, and the captain
32 CAETravlr : I was on one once on a DL L1011 from SFO - ATL. We were almost on the runway when the big Rolls engines wound up and and we climbed out rapidly. I cou
33 Rick767 : Cx_flyboy, "all our radios failed on short finals going into Heathrow without landing clearance, so we went around, turned downwind then our radios ca
34 Cx flyboy : Rick767, Indeed it was not the correct thing to do. It was back when I was a fairly new second officer on the 747-400, so I didn't have a clue what wa
35 Thomasphoto60 : They are an all too frequent occurrence here at IAH. I am sure when the 5th runway is completed sometime in '03' that some of the 'go-arounds will be
36 Dinker225 : I was on a United flight from San Francisco to Denver last October. I was listening to Channel nine the whole time. I heard the ATC telling incomming
37 SESGDL : At MSP I've seen quite a few DC-10s, 727s, A320s, and 747s do go-arounds. Nothing special, but exciting the first few times. Jeremy
38 Rick767 : Cx_flyboy, Sounds like an interesting end to a long flight you had there!! Certainly I would not have landed either with an aircraft still on the runw
39 Cx flyboy : Have not flown a go-around myself yet, but my next trip is to Taipei and Seoul, and with that typhoon approaching Korea, it could prove to be interest
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