cx744
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LAX Approach/takeoff

Fri Feb 25, 2000 4:45 pm

Last Monday, I flew Southwest into LAX using runway
6R. Before then, I always landed using 24R. Why did
the airlines takeoff and land into the east on that
particular day?
 
Ralgha
Posts: 1589
Joined: Tue Nov 09, 1999 6:20 pm

RE: LAX Approach/takeoff

Fri Feb 25, 2000 6:32 pm

The direction that airplanes land depends on the wind velocity. Airplanes should always land into the wind unless it is less than 5 knots or so (possibly higher for airliners). All airports have designated "calm wind" runways that are used when the wind is below 5 knots, and this is why airplanes usually land on 24R/L and 25R/L at LAX.
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