PPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8875 posts, RR: 40 Posted (9 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2100 times:
So I am currently in Woodstock, GA. I walk outside going towards my car and look up after hearing a noise. It's a DL 747, probably not even at 5000 ft flying westbound (I think). According to flightaware it may be DL 296 flying in from NRT. Check out the flightaware flightpath:
Now, at this time there are thunderstorms over ATL. But what strikes me is how low this plane was. Is it being vectored by ATC, and if yes, why would it be vectored at such low altitude? For sure it's below B Airspace, if not outside it's lateral boundaries, too.
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BigSaabowski From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1932 times:
Looks like they were flying at minimum clean airspeed, which does not burn a lot of fuel at their weight, regardless of altitude. There was probably no reason to climb them higher as approach likely didn't know when the thunderstorm would clear the field and ATL would again be accepting arrivals.
cornutt From United States of America, joined Jan 2013, 338 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1917 times:
Looking at the flight path and the plates for ATL, it kind of looks like it flew a missed approach from 26R. The procedure for that calls for turning right to heading 005, going north to the TROYS intersection, and holding there. But instead of holding at TROYS, it continued further north, maybe to the CHERO NDB, and was vectored westward from there.
atct From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2223 posts, RR: 39
Reply 4, posted (9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1821 times:
At major US airports its very rare to have someone fly a published missed. I can say I've seen it once in my 5 years at IAH, and 2 at ANC. If people were going around and the airport was shut down to a thunder bumper over the field, you stack airplanes at all sorts of altitudes so they don't hit each other. Being inside or outside of Class B has little to do (read: none) with this situation. I dont know for sure but I'd bet this aircraft was being vectored.
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