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Light Twin Bellys In At ELP

Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:52 am

According to this article here: http://www.kvia.com/Global/story.asp?S=5535129 a light twin of some sort apparently bellied in at ELP this morning (10 AM MDT). My usual sources @ ELP aren't around today...anyone got more info?

Apparently, the belly flop was planned (after declaring an emergency an circling) ...and at least one inbound flight had to be diverted (is runway 8R/26L still undergoing work?).
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RE: Light Twin Bellys In At ELP

Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:56 am

Quoting KELPkid (Thread starter):
Apparently, the belly flop was planned (after declaring an emergency an circling) ...and at least one inbound flight had to be diverted (is runway 8R/26L still undergoing work?).

According to your news article, the other 2 runways at ELP are open.
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RE: Light Twin Bellys In At ELP

Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:05 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 1):
According to your news article, the other 2 runways at ELP are open.

Wonder why the diversion happened then?  confused  Do they have to shut everything down when the ARFF has to respond?

Also, only two of the runways at ELP are usable by air carriers- 8L/26R is GA only (due to size and a lack of taxiways-you would have to backtaxi to use 26R for a takeoff since the only taxiway to/from the runway ends at the threshhold of 8L).
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RE: Light Twin Bellys In At ELP

Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:09 am

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 2):
Wonder why the diversion happened then?

Perhaps the aircraft was already a bit fuel critical and they didn't want to risk putting the aircraft into the pattern for the other runway, or possibly the wind conditions were just not suitable for it. Where did they send the other aircraft? Las Cruces?
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RE: Light Twin Bellys In At ELP

Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:11 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 3):
Where did they send the other aircraft? Las Cruces?

WN usually diverts to MAF or ABQ unless they are really fuel critical. AA diverted a flight to BIF a couple of weeks ago.

If they went to LRU, they'd have trouble getting everyone off, there's no airstairs. I can recall one 727 diverting there when I worked there, but they offloaded through the tail stairs.
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RE: Light Twin Bellys In At ELP

Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:19 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 3):
Las Cruces?



Quoting KELPkid (Reply 4):
WN usually diverts to MAF or ABQ unless they are really fuel critical. AA diverted a flight to AAF (BIF / KBIF), USA - Texas">BIF a couple of weeks ago.

It'd be Albuquerque, or possibly Biggs AAF. I know it's not unheard of to land commercial traffic there in these types of circumstances. They just wouldnt let passengers off the aircraft. Most likely, ABQ though.
 
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RE: Light Twin Bellys In At ELP

Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:26 am

Quoting ATCGOD (Reply 5):
It'd be Albuquerque, or possibly Biggs AAF. I know it's not unheard of to land commercial traffic there in these types of circumstances. They just wouldnt let passengers off the aircraft. Most likely, ABQ though.

Wonder if that is the case, they'd only be ~3 miles from their destination by bus. BIF has airstairs, and normally they don't have much in the way of secret stuff going on...wonder if the military can sell a civil flight fuel to do a repositioning to ELP?
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RE: Light Twin Bellys In At ELP

Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:32 am

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 6):
Wonder if that is the case, they'd only be ~3 miles from their destination by bus. BIF has airstairs, and normally they don't have much in the way of secret stuff going on...wonder if the military can sell a civil flight fuel to do a repositioning to ELP?

It's a possibility, but if they did re-open the runways quickly they probably just circled and came back.