I heard a rumor from a few co-workers at AS
that Aeroflot tried to land one of their russian made jets on WA
509 in SEA
back in 1998 or 1999. but that jet never touched the highway. The rumor was said that the close encounter had a few faults. The crew spoke no english and they also have never flown into SEA
before. This was in broad daylight from what Ive been told. (Note that WA
HWY 509, which is a two lane highway going each direction divided by a grassy median, are parallel to the runways @ SEA
so that is probably what caused the confusion.) While the incident happened the ATC was looking for someone who spoke russian so that ATC can communicate with the Aeroflot crew. Finally they landed the russian made aircraft safely and for some reason the F.A.A. detained the pilots for questioning and siezed the aircraft pending investigation. Hearing this from a variety of different people from different work groups, I honestly dont know if this story was, in fact, true. Does anyone know anything about this incident at all?
I was also told that after this incident happened that the F.A.A. suspended Aeroflots rights to fly into SEA
and was told they were not allowed to fly russian manufactored jets into SEA
anymore. (This lasted about a month, their plane was sitting next to the DL
hangar and never moved during that time.) The only way Aeroflot could fly into SEA
again was to operate Boeing or Airbus. Again, Im not sure what to believe....does the F.A.A. have the right to do this or were my co-workers pullin' my leg?? Kinda hard to believe all these stories Ive heard.
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