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FedEx DC-10 Stuck On SAN Runway

Fri Dec 01, 2006 2:19 am

I thought this was interesting when I saw it as a breaking news alert last night on a local news station in San Diego.

Around 6:00pm on Wednesday night, the FedEx DC-10 (or MD-11, sorry I'm a newbie) arrived into San Diego and was taxing to its parking on the east side of the airport. While making a left turn to cross the runway apparently the airplane was stuck. Part of the plane was on the runway and several flights had to do go arounds while they towed the plane off the runway. The reported had said “the aircraft was on part of the taxiway that didn’t support its weight” It was about a 20 minute delay. Couldn’t find pictures or articles on this story but maybe someone can shed some light?
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RE: FedEx DC-10 Stuck On SAN Runway

Fri Dec 01, 2006 2:30 am

One of my OAK-SAN flights went around because of this, but we were told that they'd have the aircraft moved in a minute or two. They did, and my flight was on the ground in another 5-6 minutes, and given the speed with which they got it moved we just assumed it was a GA aircraft of some kind. I didn't know it was a DC-10 until your post.
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RE: FedEx DC-10 Stuck On SAN Runway

Fri Dec 01, 2006 3:19 am

Looking at the flight tracking websites, apparently it was a DC-10 in from Indianapolis, subbing for the usual A300. Maybe SAN got the larger aircraft because of Christmas season, don't know.
 
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RE: FedEx DC-10 Stuck On SAN Runway

Fri Dec 01, 2006 10:23 am

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 1):
One of my OAK-SAN flights went around because of this, but we were told that they'd have the aircraft moved in a minute or two. They did, and my flight was on the ground in another 5-6 minutes, and given the speed with which they got it moved we just assumed it was a GA aircraft of some kind. I didn't know it was a DC-10 until your post.

We counted 6 planes that went around. A couple were Southwest including a flight my gate was waiting for. I was in Ops at the time and I initially heard of the problem from one of our pilots over the radio. We all kinda went, "'scuse me, say again??" LOL Apparently the DC-10 took a wrong turn and got stuck. Exactly how he was stuck is unclear.
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RE: FedEx DC-10 Stuck On SAN Runway

Fri Dec 01, 2006 10:34 am

If the wheels of it sunk into low strenght pavement (shoulder?), and aircraft were going around, it must have been in the runway safety area (RSA). If only the nose of the DC/MD-10/-11 penetrated of the RSA, they would be okay. But, if the main wheels were in the RSA, and damged the pavement, they would still have to close the runway until repairs are made.
 
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RE: FedEx DC-10 Stuck On SAN Runway

Fri Dec 01, 2006 10:46 am

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 4):
they would still have to close the runway until repairs are made.

They towed the aircraft and flights resumed normally after about 10 minutes. One of my supervisors drove down there to check it out. He said that it apparently made a wrong turn when crossing the runway and entered the wrong taxiway. Getting him back on the right path required backing it up a bit. Something that couldn't be done without pushing/towing the aircraft.
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RE: FedEx DC-10 Stuck On SAN Runway

Fri Dec 01, 2006 11:00 am

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 4):
If only the nose of the DC/MD-10/-11 penetrated of the RSA, they would be okay.

Well technically no... Anything non fixed-by-function or frangible in the RSA cannot be in there with the runway open... If it's just the nose of the plane penetrated the RSA, the tower could inform the pilots on the approach and they can choose whether or not to continue or go missed.

Since 6 aircraft went around I would say that the plane was well within the RSA, the airport was unsure of the situation and closed the runway locally to find out what they need to do, or the plane was so far into the RSA that they had to shut the runway down so crews could get out there safely to tow it out.
 
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RE: FedEx DC-10 Stuck On SAN Runway

Fri Dec 01, 2006 11:25 am

Well, whatever safety area they busted, they sure got it out of the way quickly. As I mentioned before, they got it cleared and open again so fast that I just assumed it was a small GA type. I was quite surprised to hear from this thread that it was a DC-10.
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