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What Happened To AS657 This Evening?

Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:54 am

They did an interesting low altitude tour of the south 'burbs of PDX tonight...I witnessed it from my car as I was driving home. I thought maybe they were in a (really low altitude for an airliner) hold! So low I could tell it was an AS 737.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/ASA657
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RE: What Happened To AS657 This Evening?

Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:57 am

Nothing out of the ordinary from what I see. Departed PHX 1 minute early at 1705 and arrived PDX 9 minutes early at 1940.
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RE: What Happened To AS657 This Evening?

Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:00 am

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 1):


Nothing out of the ordinary from what I see. Departed PHX 1 minute early at 1705 and arrived PDX 9 minutes early at 1940.

Zoom in on the flight path around PDX in Flight Aware and you'll see it...they circled around south at low altitude.
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RE: What Happened To AS657 This Evening?

Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:08 am

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 2):
Zoom in on the flight path around PDX in Flight Aware and you'll see it...they circled around south at low altitude

Looks like he may have been too high to land and had to lose more altitude prior to landing.
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RE: What Happened To AS657 This Evening?

Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:09 am

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 2):
they circled around south at low altitude.

It's not like they were on a grand tour of Portland, though - they diverted from their straight-in approach from the east, turned south, then circled back onto essentially the same approach. Could have been traffic ahead of them, traffic on the field, etc.
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RE: What Happened To AS657 This Evening?

Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:10 am

I'm guessing it was spacing.
 
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RE: What Happened To AS657 This Evening?

Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:15 am

The pilot got a text from a neighbor saying there was a strange car in his driveway, so he decided to take a look...

 
 
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RE: What Happened To AS657 This Evening?

Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:20 am

There were some pretty tall cloud formations this evening over West Portland suburbs like Beaverton & Newberg, there was hail and winds for a while tonight, it never made it to the airport area, not even downtown, but planes were most likely trying to avoid what the news called unreliable weather, with pretty dark clouds and gusts of wind on the leading edge.
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RE: What Happened To AS657 This Evening?

Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:40 pm

As AS657 was on downwind for Rwy 10R the tail wind for planes arriving and departing got to be too high. The airport switched the arriving and departing runways during the middle of a small clutter of arrivals and some had to make a little detour while things on the ground and in the air were worked out.
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RE: What Happened To AS657 This Evening?

Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:57 pm

Those look like vectors for spacing. The airplane flew at a constant altitude for it, so I would assume they just needed some extra spacing on approach. It could have been that weather was restricting the acceptance rate, so they had to do some turns to slow them down.
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RE: What Happened To AS657 This Evening?

Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:29 pm

Quoting dinker225 (Reply 8):

Agreed. Looks like they changed the runways as the flight started its downwind leg.
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