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"Exciting" Go Around At IAH, 9/16

Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:57 am

Just arrived at IAH from EWR on CO 1432, which is operated with a T7. We were on final approach to 08L and at about 2 miles out we suddenly veered left and the left wing dipped. We corrected and then the pilot gave it take off power and we did a go around. There was no announcement from the flight deck and our next approach was uneventful, with an apparent routine landing.

Clearly something abnormal happened on the first approach. The deviation from the approach was very evident on the IFE screen, especially with the second approach super imposed upon it. The weather was calm with good visibility in daylight. I don't know if we hit the wake of a plane ahead of us, or if something glitched with the autopilot. (I am assuming we were on autopilot) Certainly there could be other explanations. However, since the crew did not tell us anything, and did not come out of the flight deck after landing, I am just speculating.

I have been flying commercially since 1967 and have been through go arounds and aborted take offs. I have flown over 2,000,000 miles, but clearly, what I just experienced was something very different. I would appreciate some feedback from the pilots on A-net.

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RE: "Exciting" Go Around At IAH, 9/16

Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:06 am

Just an idea, but LiveATC.net might have it archived at some point, if they don't already. I'd try listening to the recording during the time of your flight for any conversations between your pilots and ATC.
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RE: "Exciting" Go Around At IAH, 9/16

Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:11 am

Thanks for the recommendation!
 
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RE: "Exciting" Go Around At IAH, 9/16

Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:56 pm

I hate to arm chair quarterback, but if I go around for any reason I always make a PA to the passengers if only a brief second. I find that in situations like that the passengers really want to know whats going on, and they seem to appreciate it. If you find out what happened please post.
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RE: "Exciting" Go Around At IAH, 9/16

Sun Sep 18, 2011 2:48 pm

The exciting (actually a little scary) part is when your plane suddenly veers to the left and the left wing also dips. Since I was in 3A, I am looking face to face with the ground. We were probably more like one mile (or less) from touchdown. But in the heat of the moment it is easy to confuse things.
 
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RE: "Exciting" Go Around At IAH, 9/16

Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:32 pm

I've been in a half dozen or so go-arounds......its a real buzz when you are about 2000 ft from touchdown and hear the engines suddenly howl back to life.

As Pontiac used to say..."thats when the excitement REALLY BEGINS'...
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RE: "Exciting" Go Around At IAH, 9/16

Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:39 pm

Quoting traindoc (Thread starter):
We were on final approach to 08L and at about 2 miles out we suddenly veered left and the left wing dipped. We corrected and then the pilot gave it take off power and we did a go around

Sounds to me like he was asked to go around and offset, probably somebody didn't vacate the runway in time.

Quoting traindoc (Reply 2):
Thanks for the recommendation!

Well, did you look it up yet? I'm sure your answer is right there.
 
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RE: "Exciting" Go Around At IAH, 9/16

Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:23 pm

To Fly2HMO,

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RE: "Exciting" Go Around At IAH, 9/16

Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:37 pm

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 8):
Sounds to me like he was asked to go around and offset, probably somebody didn't vacate the runway in time.

At 2 miles out? Maybe if the aircraft on the runway was experiencing a problem or if it was still on short final, but if it was still rolling out, 2 miles seems like quite a distance.
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RE: "Exciting" Go Around At IAH, 9/16

Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:41 pm

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 10):
At 2 miles out? Maybe if the aircraft on the runway was experiencing a problem or if it was still on short final, but if it was still rolling out, 2 miles seems like quite a distance.

At 140kts 2 miles go by in well under a minute, and that's assuming OP's distance assumption is correct.
 
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RE: "Exciting" Go Around At IAH, 9/16

Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:22 pm

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 11):
At 140kts 2 miles go by in well under a minute

Depending if we're talking nautical or statue miles it would be about 45-50 seconds, still a ways out depending on how far along the other aircraft would be ... which is information we don't have. I'm not suggesting that your scenario is not correct, but more so suggesting that with out any information as to where another aircraft would be on the runway and visibility conditions at the time, it would be more of a case of spacing not another aircraft vacating the runway.

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 11):
and that's assuming OP's distance assumption is correct.

That of course, is something we'll just have to assume  
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RE: "Exciting" Go Around At IAH, 9/16

Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:23 am

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 10):
At 2 miles out? Maybe if the aircraft on the runway was experiencing a problem or if it was still on short final, but if it was still rolling out, 2 miles seems like quite a distance.

You're correct, 2 miles on final is a very long way from the threshold to be given a go-around unless something happened on the runway.

More than likely this flight was overtaking the preceeding airplane on final and there was no reason to have the flight continue all the way to the threshold so they were sent around early, possibly even before the preceeding arrival had landed.
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RE: "Exciting" Go Around At IAH, 9/16

Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:31 am

Maybe he was doing S-turns for spacing, only to have to go around?
 
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RE: "Exciting" Go Around At IAH, 9/16

Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:40 am

I'm no commercial pilot, but during flight training, if we were on short final and there was another plane either lined up on the runway, or on it's takeoff roll, my instructor would assume control and move off to the left side of the runway.

I don't know what happens in such a case with a commercial flight, but I'm assuming they'd offset themselves with the center of the runway. Perhaps the FO was in control at the time and so he veered left of the runway to stay clear of another aircraft.
 
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RE: "Exciting" Go Around At IAH, 9/16

Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:29 am

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 13):
You're correct, 2 miles on final is a very long way from the threshold to be given a go-around unless something happened on the runway.

More than likely this flight was overtaking the preceeding airplane on final and there was no reason to have the flight continue all the way to the threshold so they were sent around early, possibly even before the preceeding arrival had landed.

I agree on that ... if an aircraft is on the runway rolling out, 2 miles still gives quite a bit of time to vacate. If aircraft would be doing such an early go around due to vacating aircraft, I wouldn't want to know the increase in flight delays would be like  

Now, this is a go-around with a vacating aircraft still on the active ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcmqy6UObLo

Quoting xero9 (Reply 15):
I'm no commercial pilot, but during flight training, if we were on short final and there was another plane either lined up on the runway, or on it's takeoff roll, my instructor would assume control and move off to the left side of the runway.

Interesting, during my flight training we never offset until after the go around was initiated.

Sadly, I've only been on 2 commerical flights with go-arounds ... both on 737s due to not having the runway visible at minimums. As a pilot, most of my non-training go-arounds were because the aircraft (usually a commercial flight) behind me was catching up so ATC asked if I could go-around and let the other flight in first. Guess its easier for them to get a lonely Cessna to do a quick go-around then a 737 or Dash 8  
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