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Korean 744 Closes ATL 9R-27L Runway.

Mon May 08, 2006 9:13 pm

Upon arrriving into ATL early this morning from SLC we saw a Korean Air 744 parked on 9R. It was completely powered down with a few emegency vehicles around it. The captain told us it was the reason for our delay. The 744 had an air turnback and emergency landing the night before shutting down the runway and causing the departing flight to SLC to be delayed which in turn delayed our flight to ATL as we had to wait for the crew.

Does anyone know what happened to the Korean 744? Why was it still parked on the runway many hours after the incident?

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RE: Korean 744 Closes ATL 9R-27L Runway.

Mon May 08, 2006 9:35 pm

Quoting Dl757md (Thread starter):
Does anyone know what happened to the Korean 744? Why was it still parked on the runway many hours after the incident?

If I had to venture a guess, it'd be that they had aborted their takeoff at high speed and melted fuse plugs/blew tires in the process.

Most landing problems that immediately come to mind don't impare the aircraft's ability to vacate the runway for a long period of time. Aircraft sometimes have hydraulic system issues, but as long as the ability of the aircraft to roll on its own tires/wheels isn't compromised, it doesn't take more than a few minutes to tow the aircraft off, and certainly not the "several hours" that you mention. That's what suggested (to me) that it was takeoff-related, with a high-speed abort scenario being the likely culprit.

Years ago, A Rich International L-1011 made a high-speed abort on 25R at LAS. It was a hot day (over 110F) and he had been loaded/fueled for a long-haul flight, and was thus heavy. He tried to make the turnoff at the end, trying to get clear of 25R, but didn't get very far because brakes were too hot and tires started deflating, and the aircraft was not able to roll. Rich had to change the main tires and brakes right where the aircraft sat (at the end of 25R) which kept the runway closed. Rich didn't have a full shipset of tires and brakes on-hand, and they had to borrow them from other airlines, and some of those had to come from LAX and other places. Runway 25R was closed for pretty much my whole 8 hour shift. After they got the brakes/tires changed, they were able to tow it off the runway.
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RE: Korean 744 Closes ATL 9R-27L Runway.

Mon May 08, 2006 11:06 pm

Wow ... this 744 arrived yesterday while I was @ the Spirit pull-in ... we heard it reverse thrust (and boy was that loud - even with the freight haulers' buildings in between us and the runway) and saw the top of the tail rolling past as they turned off the runway.

FAA.gov doesn't have anything about it, currently, (10am here in ATL), other than 15 min departure and 82 minute arrival delays due to low ceiling and fog.

I guess they've already cleared it. A good thing - on top of the fog, that would have skarewwwwwwed morning operations today ...

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