stuckinMAF
Posts: 1022
Joined: Tue Oct 25, 2005 9:49 pm

AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Wed Jan 25, 2006 4:10 am

Sorry I didn't get this posted earlier!

Video of the news story available at the link below.

Source: http://www.kwes.com/kwes/newsitestories/newsmidlandlanding.htm

"MIDLAND, TEXAS - It was a rough flight for a plane on it's way to Dallas, when it had to make an emergency landing at Midland International Airport.

American Airlines flight, with about 150 people on board, were headed to Dallas from Tucson when the plane experienced engine trouble.

It happened just after five o'clock, Sunday night. Passengers tell NewsWest 9 the plane lost all hydraulics in the right engine, forcing it to land here, in Midland.

Fortunately, it landed safely. Passengers had to use an emergency exit to get off the plane.

Some passengers say they knew there was a problem when the plane made a drastic turn during the flight.

"It was about, I would say two-thirds of the way into the flight," passenger Jeff Bridge recalled. "The pilot did a pretty severe left-bank turn."

"They informed us that we were going to land here, in Midland, and that they had some engine problems," another passenger, Paul Blanke, added.

The passengers had to wait hours before continuing their flight to Dallas."
"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity" -Sigmund Freud
 
MDorBust
Posts: 4914
Joined: Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:10 pm

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Wed Jan 25, 2006 4:12 am

Evac slides for an engine out landing?

There has to be more to this story.
"I KICKED BURNING TERRORIST SO HARD IN BALLS THAT I TORE A TENDON" - Alex McIlveen
 
OPNLguy
Posts: 11191
Joined: Tue Jun 15, 1999 11:29 am

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Wed Jan 25, 2006 4:19 am

Quoting StuckinMAF (Thread starter):
Passengers tell NewsWest 9 the plane lost all hydraulics in the right engine,

How would they know?
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
 
RichardPrice
Posts: 4474
Joined: Sat Apr 23, 2005 5:12 am

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Wed Jan 25, 2006 4:24 am

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 2):
How would they know?

Maybe the pilot announced it?
 
LY4XELD
Posts: 659
Joined: Tue Mar 21, 2000 5:14 am

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Wed Jan 25, 2006 4:33 am

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 3):
Maybe the pilot announced it?

I doubt it. It is correct, but they probably found out after landing.

This stuff happens all the time, all over the place. Is it a big news story in MAF because it is a smaller media market?
That's why we're here.
 
OPNLguy
Posts: 11191
Joined: Tue Jun 15, 1999 11:29 am

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Wed Jan 25, 2006 4:50 am

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 3):
Maybe the pilot announced it?

If the pilots had announced it, I would have thought that the media's story would have attributed it that way, i.e. "the passeners said the pilots said...

Slow news day in MAF, it seems...
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
 
stuckinMAF
Posts: 1022
Joined: Tue Oct 25, 2005 9:49 pm

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Wed Jan 25, 2006 5:07 am

On the news video, a couple of the pax stated that the plane "made a sharp turn". They didn't use the slides, they disembarked through the rear stairs. I'm guessing that none of the 5 gates at MAF were available (3 WN, 1 COEX and 1 American Eagle).

Quoting LY4XELD (Reply 4):
This stuff happens all the time, all over the place. Is it a big news story in MAF because it is a smaller media market?

While it may not happen here as often as bigger airports. it's not at all unusual for us to get a diversion or an emergency landing. We have a couple of big runways, lots of parking space and a good sized fire response unit at the airport. When there's a problem with landing at DFW, we get pretty popular and see lots of different metal.

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 5):
Slow news day in MAF, it seems...

Plus the fact that this story was only covered by one of the 3 local TV news teams. Just posted it because I thought someone might be interested.
"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity" -Sigmund Freud
 
OPNLguy
Posts: 11191
Joined: Tue Jun 15, 1999 11:29 am

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Wed Jan 25, 2006 6:39 am

Quoting StuckinMAF (Reply 6):
Plus the fact that this story was only covered by one of the 3 local TV news teams. Just posted it because I thought someone might be interested.

Oh, don't get me wrong, I appreciate your doing so. My point (not well made) was that events like this are not true "emergencies" in the sense that there's imminent danger, but rather, are "procedural" emergencies, precautionary in nature, which serve to keep the situation from deterorating into a true emergency. The media tends to cover them as the former, and not the latter. FAA regs say that on a twin with an engine failure, you land at the nearest suitable airport in point-of-time, and that's precisely what they did...
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
 
MGASJO
Posts: 343
Joined: Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:37 am

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Wed Jan 25, 2006 9:38 am

Quoting StuckinMAF (Thread starter):
American Airlines flight, with about 150 people on board,

150 in a Super 80!!!
Really good investigative report from NewsWest 9. AA Super 80s hold at the most 131 pax. plus 2 cockpit crew and 4 F/A that would make it 137 people on board, not very close to about 150!
C208B
 
lincoln
Posts: 3133
Joined: Mon Nov 01, 2004 11:22 pm

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Wed Jan 25, 2006 11:02 am

Quoting StuckinMAF (Thread starter):
It happened just after five o'clock, Sunday night. Passengers tell NewsWest 9 the plane lost all hydraulics in the right engine, forcing it to land here, in Midland.

Glad I wasn't the only one who thought that quote was odd...

Quoting MGASJO (Reply 8):
150 in a Super 80!!!
Really good investigative report from NewsWest 9. AA Super 80s hold at the most 131 pax. plus 2 cockpit crew and 4 F/A that would make it 137 people on board, not very close to about 150!

Clearly, the media is never wrong, and the flight was sooo popular that American, in complete disregard for pax comfort, was stuffing them in the overhead bins and lower cargo holds. One of the passengers in the cargo hold "accidentally" knocked a hose loose, and that's how they knew that all of the hydrolics in the right engine had been lost... see, it all makes sense now  Smile

Lincoln
CO Is My Airline of Choice || Baggage Claim is an airline's last chance to disappoint a customer || Next flts in profile
 
airfoilsguy
Posts: 3485
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2005 7:28 am

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Wed Jan 25, 2006 11:06 am

Quoting MGASJO (Reply 8):
150 in a Super 80!!!
Really good investigative report from NewsWest 9. AA Super 80s hold at the most 131 pax. plus 2 cockpit crew and 4 F/A that would make it 137 people on board, not very close to about 150!

The other 13 were hiding in the baggage hold.  Smile
It's not a near miss it's a near hit!!
 
SonOfACaptain
Posts: 1695
Joined: Thu May 27, 2004 5:36 am

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Wed Jan 25, 2006 11:42 am

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 5):
Slow news day in MAF, it seems...

Isn't it always a slow day in MAF?  wink 

-SOAC
Non Illegitimi Carborundum
 
OPNLguy
Posts: 11191
Joined: Tue Jun 15, 1999 11:29 am

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Wed Jan 25, 2006 12:13 pm

Whatever cosmic force is attracting unscheduled flights at MAF is at it again---a DAL-ELP flight is diverting there now...
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
 
MDorBust
Posts: 4914
Joined: Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:10 pm

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Wed Jan 25, 2006 12:19 pm

It's the confederate airforce museum doing it.
"I KICKED BURNING TERRORIST SO HARD IN BALLS THAT I TORE A TENDON" - Alex McIlveen
 
qqflyboy
Posts: 1617
Joined: Sat Oct 25, 2003 1:47 pm

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Wed Jan 25, 2006 2:25 pm

Just to clarify...

AA's MD-80s hold 16 pax in first and 120 in coach for a total of 136. There would have only been three F/As onboard due to the length of the flight. Max, including crew, would've been 141.
The views expressed are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect my employer’s views.
 
stuckinMAF
Posts: 1022
Joined: Tue Oct 25, 2005 9:49 pm

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Wed Jan 25, 2006 10:02 pm

Quoting MDorBust (Reply 13):
It's the confederate airforce museum doing it.

Off topic (Guess it's OK to do that since I'm the thread starter, right?), they renamed that organization "Commemorative Air Force" instead of "Confederate". Seems that the original name that served them well for 50 or so years became politically incorrect.

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 12):
a DAL-ELP flight is diverting there now...

Was that flight 48? I saw that on FlightAware.
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/SWA48
Did you find out the reason? Just curious, looks like the stopover put it into ELP about 2 hours late so looks like it was probably too short to be a mechanical. It's one of those funny things that you can leave MAF and get to ELP before you left (local time-wise)! Medical would be my guess.
"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity" -Sigmund Freud
 
stuckinMAF
Posts: 1022
Joined: Tue Oct 25, 2005 9:49 pm

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Thu Jan 26, 2006 5:25 am

Quoting StuckinMAF (Reply 15):
Did you find out the reason?

Never mind, here's the story from the same TV news that botched the other story:

"MIDLAND, TEXAS - An airline maintenance crew at Midland International Airport is still trying to figure out what went wrong.

Pilots of a Southwest Airlines flight, bound from Dallas to El Paso, were forced to make an emergency landing at Midland Tuesday night.

This, after passengers reported smelling smoke.

The plane landed safely. All 72 passengers got on another plane to continue their flight to El Paso.

This is the second emergency landing of an airline at MIA in less than a week. An American Airlines flight, with about 150 people on board, were headed to Dallas from Tucson when the plane experienced engine trouble. That happened just after five o'clock, Sunday night. Passengers tell NewsWest 9 the plane lost all hydraulics in the right engine, forcing it to land here, in Midland. Fortunately, it landed safely. Passengers had to use an emergency exit to get off the plane."


Source: http://www.kwes.com/kwes/newsitestories/newsmidlandlanding2.htm

Hmm, I wonder when our local news here in Midland (MAF) started covering emergency landings at Miami International Airport (MIA)?
"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity" -Sigmund Freud
 
aerobalance
Posts: 4308
Joined: Sat Sep 23, 2000 8:35 am

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Thu Jan 26, 2006 5:42 am

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 10):
The other 13 were hiding in the baggage hold.

Damn crazy how quickly all of those illegals can get on a plane that just arrived....  Wink
"Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy..."
 
MDorBust
Posts: 4914
Joined: Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:10 pm

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:05 am

Quoting StuckinMAF (Reply 16):
Hmm, I wonder when our local news here in Midland (MAF) started covering emergency landings at Miami International Airport (MIA)?

forget that... Diverting to MIA while enrote DAL->ELP?

WN pilots trying to get some beach time  Wink
"I KICKED BURNING TERRORIST SO HARD IN BALLS THAT I TORE A TENDON" - Alex McIlveen
 
KELPkid
Posts: 5247
Joined: Wed Nov 02, 2005 5:33 am

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:24 am

Quoting StuckinMAF (Reply 16):
MIDLAND, TEXAS - An airline maintenance crew at Midland International Airport is still trying to figure out what went wrong.

Pilots of a Southwest Airlines flight, bound from Dallas to El Paso, were forced to make an emergency landing at Midland Tuesday night.

This, after passengers reported smelling smoke.

The plane landed safely. All 72 passengers got on another plane to continue their flight to El Paso.

Interesting. KVIA, the ABC affilate in El Paso, is reporting that the WN flight returned to DAL: http://www.kvia.com/Global/story.asp?S=4408493

Small-town Texas media mentality at work  Smile [and I'm from there, so I can say it  Wink ]
Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
 
KELPkid
Posts: 5247
Joined: Wed Nov 02, 2005 5:33 am

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:27 am

Quoting MDorBust (Reply 18):
forget that... Diverting to MIA while enrote DAL->ELP?

WN pilots trying to get some beach time

The saying when I lived there (ELP) was, "We got plenty of beach, we just need someone to add the water!"
 Wink
Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
 
OPNLguy
Posts: 11191
Joined: Tue Jun 15, 1999 11:29 am

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:32 am

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 19):
Interesting. KVIA, the ABC affilate in El Paso, is reporting that the WN flight returned to DAL:

Two different DAL-ELP flights...

The first was Tuesday night, flight 48, went to MAF.

The second was Wednesday morning, flight 1154, turned around and came right back to DAL.
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
 
KELPkid
Posts: 5247
Joined: Wed Nov 02, 2005 5:33 am

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:37 am

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 21):
Two different DAL-ELP flights...

The first was Tuesday night, flight 48, went to MAF.

The second was Wednesday morning, flight 1154, turned around and came right back to DAL.

Okay...  footinmouth  I take back the small-town media mentality thing. Wow, two flights within 24 hours of each other to the same destination, from the same originating point, on the same airline, what are the odds of THAT?!?!?
Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
 
OPNLguy
Posts: 11191
Joined: Tue Jun 15, 1999 11:29 am

RE: AA MD-80 Emergency Landing At MAF Sunday

Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:40 am

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 22):
Okay... footinmouth I take back the small-town media mentality thing. Wow, two flights within 24 hours of each other to the same destination, from the same originating point, on the same airline, what are the odds of THAT?!?!?

Don't know about the odds, per se, but with 3,000 flights per day (times 2 days, or 6,000 flights), a couple of irregular operations are not all that uncommon...
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.

Who is online