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Question Re: DL 296 06/28  
User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 9105 posts, RR: 37
Posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3646 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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User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2627 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3595 times:

The flightaware altitude graph shows that he was at 5,000 ft at 1:48 local time and didn't land until about 2:30. That is a lot of time at low altitude.

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User currently offlineBigSaabowski From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3478 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.

User currently offlinecornutt From United States of America, joined Jan 2013, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3463 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.

User currently offlineatct From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2593 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3367 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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User currently offlinecornutt From United States of America, joined Jan 2013, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 11 hours ago) and read 3184 times:

Quoting atct (Reply 4):
At major US airports its very rare to have someone fly a published missed.

Didn't know that. You learn something new every day.

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