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Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:45 am

Did a Continental 757 have an emergency landing at LAX yesterday (Wednesday June 23rd, 2004)? It would have been operating a morning flight from IAH perhaps a 757-300. Someone told me and I thought I'd come here for details-supposedly the flaps did not deploy for landing.
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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 4:00 am

Yes, it did happen and it was a 757-300 from IAH.

My sister was onboard and called from the plane. She hates flying and called to tell us (my mom and other sister) that they were preparing for a possible crash landing. Here's her story...

Uneventful flight.

Announcement was made that final approach was coming soon and FAs should be seated.

After a few minutes, she noticed they were ascending again. She waited for an announcement but none came.

A few more minutes past and the FAs came through the cabin to look and "see" where they were. They then went to call the cockpit.

A few minutes later, an announcement was made that they would be going through emergency landing instructions because the flaps to slow down the plane were not working.

My sister's and 4 other men were given instructions on how to operate the back door and slide and my sister was told to look after two kids flying with no guardian.

After all was said and done, the pilot made a great landing. My sister said she could tell they were coming in fast but that the landing was smooth and totally uneventful.

Kudos to the pilot and crew.

 
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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 4:04 am

My sister-in-law and baby nephew were on the plane as well. But I hadn't talked to them yet.
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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 4:06 am


Any ideas on what could have happened? So was this a no-flaps landing?
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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 4:10 am

Yea--apparently it was a no-flaps landing--I would not expect it to make the news or anything.
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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 4:16 am

A no flaps landing is not a big deal at an airport like LAX, with the long runways.
 
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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 5:00 am

I don't think you can necessesarily equate a no flaps landing with a 'crash' landing. Planes can land very well--if not a bit fast--withough them.
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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 5:14 am

Good thing they got back safely, but very strange it happened with a new plane like CO753.
 
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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 5:16 am

Glad all is well...think it was total over-reaction and un-necessary to prepare for a "crash landing" in their term.
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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 5:30 am

I'm sure that they did not say crash landing--More than likely they said emergency landing or some other euphamism. COfaninBos' sister may have called it a crash landing.
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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 7:08 am

You are correct. My sister's message on my answering service said crash landing. My sister hates flying and I am sure she was scared out of her mind since she was calling us to tell us how much she loves us and where her dogs were being kenneled just in case.

That said, CO took every precaution necessary. They came through the cabin and had everyone review the emergency landing guidelines. They also had people volunteer to release the doors and slides just in case and made sure that all children were accounted for by some adults.

I just spoke with her again and she said the landing was quite smooth. She noticed they came in at a higher speed and that LAX had fire and other safety crew ready on the ground just in case. Additionally, she claimed that the pilot probably came in with the nose of the plane much higher than normal to probably help reduce some speed in the air (her fiance's observation). She also said she was relieved by the FA crew. They were friendly, calm, and helpful and assured everyone that LAX was the perfect airport to be landing at since they have long runways.

 
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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 7:53 am

What aircraft was the one involved in this 'incident?'

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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 8:08 am

What aircraft was the one involved in this 'incident?'
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if it was the early flight 1087, then it was ship 854

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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 8:27 am

Good thing they got back safely, but very strange it happened with a new plane like CO753.

It can happen to any airplane, new or old. I experienced a similar situation back in January when I was flying CM EZE-PTY on a B737-700. Flaps did not deploy and after an aborted landing and a 45 minutes overfly of Panama, the pilot performed an emergency landing. The only problem was that the flight was full and since it is consider to be the longest schedule flight in the world for a B737-700, fuel was also an issue. After almost 8 hours in the air and the pilot lowering flaps manually, we finally landed in PTY without any further problems...
 
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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 8:40 am

This is very good thing about what happening with CO is making with emergency landing in IAH or LAX today and none of the injuries either.
 
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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 10:14 am

A no flap landing is no big deal, you just have a higher approach speed and longer landing distance. If the thrust reversers and speed brakes are working, there really is no more dnager than what is involved in a regular landing on runways as long as the ones at LAX. If the runways were short, say less than 7000 feet, and/or the plane was very heavy (amongst many things), then it could be an issue.
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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 10:28 am


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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 1:39 pm

Not sure if weight was a factor, but the flight was very full. My sister said there appeared to be maybe 5-10 open seats on a 757-300.
 
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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 1:42 pm

That thing had to drop like a rock with no flaps, good to see everything turned out alright.
 
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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:04 pm

"if it was the early flight 1087, then it was ship 854"

Given it's recent history, I would have expected it to be ship 859.
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RE: Continental Emergency Landing At LAX?

Sat Jun 26, 2004 1:38 am

This raises a good question.

I know that at least on some airlines there is a master switch for the cabin telephones in the cockpit. I've never seen a procedure to turn them off, but wouldn't that be a good idea in situations like this, to keep from stirring up a media frenzy?
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