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WN Flight, Severe Turbulence Today At RNO

Sun Feb 24, 2002 10:27 am

I was working gate A6 today when we had a diverted plane come in, but I didn't find out why until after I opened the cargo bin. What is usually perfectly stacked luggage was a huge pile of 100+ bags in the bin. The plane experienced wind sheer while on finals into RNO, at 200 ft. It had to come back here to SJC where it originated at 830am this morn. Nobody was hurt but the passengers were pretty shaken up. I talked to the captain who's been with SW for 13 years, said he has never felt turbulence like this before, and that it was wind sheer. Maintenance had to inspect the plane thoroughly before it was ferried to OAK and then on to RNO. Crazy stuff! Everybody ok though...

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RE: WN Flight, Severe Turbulence Today At RNO

Sun Feb 24, 2002 11:06 am

If it was on approach to Reno, why did it return all the way to it's origination point?

 
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RE: WN Flight, Severe Turbulence Today At RNO

Sun Feb 24, 2002 11:20 am

According to the captain, they couldn't land in RNO because there was severe turblence in the area.

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RE: WN Flight, Severe Turbulence Today At RNO

Sun Feb 24, 2002 11:27 am

Last summer a Skyway Beech 1900D coming into Dayton encountered severe turbulence because of thunderstorms. I asked the pilots about it and they said it was the worst they ever experienced. The F/O said he felt like his head was going to hit the ceiling of the plane it was so bad, and he was a really short guy. I thought that was interesting coming from the pilots.

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RE: WN Flight, Severe Turbulence Today At RNO

Sun Feb 24, 2002 11:32 am

That makes no sense that it would turn around at RNO and head all the way back to SJC.

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RE: WN Flight, Severe Turbulence Today At RNO

Sun Feb 24, 2002 1:44 pm

If you can't land at your destination, where's the next best place? Where your passengers came from...
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RE: WN Flight, Severe Turbulence Today At RNO

Sun Feb 24, 2002 3:35 pm

I thought it was ridicilous too that they would turn all the way around to their origination point, but then I thought what the next closest airport to Reno was, and SJC suddenly seems like a pretty good choice all things considered. It can't be a very long flight to begin with.
 
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RE: WN Flight, Severe Turbulence Today At RNO

Sun Feb 24, 2002 4:08 pm

UaL777- why would they have brought them to a different airport? "All the way back"? It's a whopping 45 min's back to SJC...they turned back because it's where the pax came from.

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RE: WN Flight, Severe Turbulence Today At RNO

Sun Feb 24, 2002 4:43 pm

The distance from RNO to SJC is not that far. If you are already in the air, it is only about 20-25 minutes flying time back down to SJC.

 
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RE: WN Flight, Severe Turbulence Today At RNO

Sun Feb 24, 2002 11:34 pm

UAL747--If you get the kind of turbulence they reported, you don't screw around and make multiple approaches to the same area. Also, they may have only had enough gas to make an approach and return to SJC. Why expose you and your pax to even more danger?TC
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RE: WN Flight, Severe Turbulence Today At RNO

Mon Feb 25, 2002 12:43 am

that sucks for the passengers i bet they were a little shaken up if not alot, hey does southwest use wanda to marshall their planes in, ive always seen them do it with there hands, dosnt seem fun that way!
 
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RE: WN Flight, Severe Turbulence Today At RNO

Mon Feb 25, 2002 1:57 am

FYI for those interested, below is the actual METAR and PIREP data during the time of that flight:

KRNO 231756Z 21010G26KT 150V320 10SM FEW095 09/M08 A2992
RMK AO2 PK WND 17035/1721 SLP106 ACSL N-S T00941078 10100 20044 55010

KRNO 231656Z 18024G35KT 10SM FEW095 08/M06 A2990
RMK AO2 PK WND 18035/1654 SLP101 T00831056

RNO UUA /OV RNO/TM 1718/FLUNKN/TP B737/TB SVR/RM SHORT FINAL
R16

RNO UUA /OV RNO/TM 1717/FL003/TP B733/TB EXTRM/RM WINDSHEAR +/-
25KT...003-009...ON FINAL...ACFT HAD TO DIVERT/ZOA

The reported wind at 1756Z is interesting, with the direction reported as variable between 150 and 320 degrees.

For those that don't know how to read METAR reports, you can find a decode at this website:

http://meteora.ucsd.edu/weather/cdf/text/metar_obs_decode.txt

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