Chi-town
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Unusual Landing Procedure

Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:33 pm

I was aboard Southwest Flt. 260 MDW-DTW last week. We landed on Runway 21 R and the pilot slammed on the breaks. When we came to the intersection of 27R/9L the pilot suddenly turned the plane to the right half of the runway and then swung the aircraft into a complete 180 to the left. we were now turned around and were headed in the direction we just came in on.(keep in mind, this was all on the active runway) He then turned an immediate left onto the first taxi (shown on map) and then to gate A9 in the Berry Terminal.

I have never ever encountered a procedure like this before in all my years of flying. I thought this was quite dangerous especially with aircraft on final behind us (I dont know how large the spacing was).

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Has anyone ever had this happen to them before?
 
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RE: Unusual Landing Procedure

Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:48 pm

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
I thought this was quite dangerous especially with aircraft on final behind us (I dont know how large the spacing was).

Naw, it wasn't dangerous. He was just trying to keep the taxi short. The tower without a doubt knew what was going on, thus there had to be plenty of spacing from the aircraft on final.

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RE: Unusual Landing Procedure

Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:13 pm

I flew into TNN on an MD-90 a couple of years ago. TNN is a single-runway airport that has shared ops with the local AFB. The pilot didn't quite manage to stop before the last exit to the taxiway ... no problem, he went towards the end of the runway, moved to one side and turned the A/C around on the runway -- I really didn't think we had enough space for that, but he managed ... I'm sure it happens more often than we think.
 
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RE: Unusual Landing Procedure

Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:33 pm

Heh... you want an unusual landing procedure? A certain operator won't fly to airports above 8000 ft MSL (elevation).

So if you do an emergency diversion to places like La Paz, Bolivia (13,325 ft or so?)... it can get interesting for multiple reasons. Especially since planes' maximum cabin altitude (pressurized) may go up to only about 12,000 ft. Not to mention the high altitude performance, any runway contamination, braking performance, the mountains around it, amongst other things.

Result: you'd have to depressurize the plane after landing and drop the oxygen masks until you park the airplane.
 
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RE: Unusual Landing Procedure

Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:39 pm

A9 is in the Smith Terminal. The Berry terminal is the international/charter terminal. Theres maybe 4 gates left at that terminal if even that
 
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RE: Unusual Landing Procedure

Wed Nov 01, 2006 3:47 pm

Yea, I meant to say Smith. Sorry
 
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RE: Unusual Landing Procedure

Thu Nov 02, 2006 5:56 am

Had a similar experience recently at EWR... our CO 735 landed on 11/29 and then made a 180 degree turn on the runway, avoiding crossing the other two runways, which were both active with takeoffs and landings. The pilot then gunned the engines, taxied down the runway and got us out of the way before the next plane landed on our runway.

Very impressive to experience this all!
 
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RE: Unusual Landing Procedure

Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:22 am

Maybe he was a commuter and was trying to get to the gate a.s.a.p..  Big grin
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RE: Unusual Landing Procedure

Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:35 am

If you ever fly Ryan Air you will see a lot of that.
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RE: Unusual Landing Procedure

Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:46 am

I've had about 3 or 4 similar landings on WN like that at JAX, of course it usually only happened on late night arrivals. I've had only one that I can recall on any other airline (perhaps AA since they are in the same concourse as WN) but again it was a late night arrival and JAX doesn't exactly have an overwhelming amount of traffic.