We were flying on an American Airlines MD-80, Flt 1886 this Sunday from MIA to LGA. Somehow, fate was good to us as we sat portside and the views that would later come were fantastic...
We were a 1/2 hour late out of MIA b/c 2 "start cards" for the right engine did not work until a 3rd was used. Pax were complaining of the heat on the a/c until we took flight.
On descent, our approach took us across the southeast tip of Manhattan and gave us awesome views of the Eastside of Manhattan, the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges and the UN.
We came onto Runway 4 and just as I thought we would touchdown, our pilot pulled up again and the engines spooled up. (I estimate we were no more than 35 feet from the ground
as I was eye level with the Marine Air Terminal bldg.) I was guessing (and hoping) that we were doing a go around procedure.
I was loving it! Just a few months ago, we were discussing this procedure on a thread in tech/ops! So it was great to experience it!
As I explained it to my fiance, we heard lots of dumb comments from the other pax who were scared or "knew better."-> (ie. some dope actually said "why doesn't the friggin pilot just land the plane, even after our pilot announced that he was going around to avoid an a/c that didn't clear the runway")
After pulling up, we made a sweeping left turn then turned sharp at the George Washington Bridge. BEAUTIFUL when lit up at night. The a/c now continued along the WEST coast of Manhattan !!
So we got awesome views of the West coast of Manhattan.
As we neared the southern end, we saw G
ero brightly lit up. We were 3000ft up but we paid our respects. Perhaps it was my own perception but the chatter on our side of the plane seemed to quiet down at that point and was then illuminated by camera flashes.
We are New Yorkers but this was our first visit to G.Z.
We turned around at the south tip of Manhattan once again and approached runway 4 and landed safely. As we left the plane, our pilot was apologizing!! Can you believe that nonsense? Pax were bitching at him b/c we landed 15 min later than usual! I thanked him
for doing what a good pilot would. (BTW, I've already sent a letter of Appreciation to AA for him)
I consider myself lucky b/c 1.) our pilot saw to our safely, 2.) the go around allowed us to see Ground Zero.
(Also, Now we'll never need to take one of those "fly around Manhattan" helicopter trips! LOL
Have any of you ever had such meaningful unexpected moments occur on your flights? Perhaps a flight over something meaningful to you? An engagement on a plane? Any sort of surreal, unique or surprising moment that made your flight ever so special??
I hope you will share them here.
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