I'd like to hear what pilots and other aviation professionals have to say about this:
I flew TZ 4209, LGA to MDW today on a 733 (sorry, I didn't get the number). No issues until close to Chicago; the captain announced (sic) "We're having trouble getting the flaps down by the usual method, so we'll have to do something else." I was on the aisle way up front, and couldn't see the wings at all; I couldn't have run back to look as the flight was full.
We made circles for a good 30 minutes, then started an approach somewhere well north of MDW, obviously ORD. It was a nice landing on 14R at ORD (the wind was from the NE at the time). I couldn't tell if we were coming in fast; we seemed to use most of that runway's 3900m, and the braking seemed harsher than usual, but I wouldn't have noticed otherwise. After taxiing, the captain came back on and said we were in Chicago, but at the wrong airport due to the flap problem. (I think the beautiful Pakistani 772 next to us was a good indication we weren't at MDW.) A bunch of emergency vehicles came by, saw that there was no trouble and left. We parked at T5 (the International Terminal, near all the nice-liveried heavies) and after a while deplaned. No real problems.
So my question is: What really happened with the flaps or otherwise?
MDW is certainly not an airport where I'd want to land too fast. I figure if we came in to MDW 4R like that, we'd probably come to a stop in the buffet line at Bobak's on Archer Ave., right between the czarnina and the pierogi. And that would be a terrible waste of great Polish food.
--MASMDFACC, spottin' doc.