thorntot
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WN Arrival Into CMH, June 29 5pm

Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:32 pm

It was horrific to watch. I was on Hamilton Rd looking south towards Port Columbus' runway 28 Left at approximately 5pm on June 29th. The debris was flying, the sky black, and the wind like nothing I'd felt. The monster storm that would wreck devastation across five states was engulfing the field as you were preparing to land. I screamed to my friend, "My God, look at that airplane!" As the branches started to fly, I watched your 737 drop tail first several hundred feet (or more) in a blast of wind shear that nearly put you into the ground. I heard your engines spool full-up and could see your wings flex as you began a seemingly impossible recovery and go-around. Still bouncing, nose-up, you banked left away from the airport just before crossing the threshold. The wind now had traffic lights on their sides.

As the side blowing rain enveloped my stopped car like a mass of smoke and debris, I last saw you nearly sideways, yet climbing to the southeast. A successful escape. Nice flying. What a ride that must've been for the folks in back.
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spiritair97
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RE: WN Arrival Into CMH, June 29 5pm

Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:11 pm

Quoting thorntot (Thread starter):
Posted Mon Jul 2 2012 11:32:38 your local time (5 hours 37 minutes 1 sec ago) and read 309 times:

It was horrific to watch. I was on Hamilton Rd looking south towards Port Columbus' runway 28 Left at approximately 5pm on June 29th. The debris was flying, the sky black, and the wind like nothing I'd felt. The monster storm that would wreck devastation across five states was engulfing the field as you were preparing to land. I screamed to my friend, "My God, look at that airplane!" As the branches started to fly, I watched your 737 drop tail first several hundred feet (or more) in a blast of wind shear that nearly put you into the ground. I heard your engines spool full-up and could see your wings flex as you began a seemingly impossible recovery and go-around. Still bouncing, nose-up, you banked left away from the airport just before crossing the threshold. The wind now had traffic lights on their sides.

As the side blowing rain enveloped my stopped car like a mass of smoke and debris, I last saw you nearly sideways, yet climbing to the southeast. A successful escape. Nice flying. What a ride that must've been for the folks in back.


One question, who is "you" in this story?
 
thorntot
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RE: WN Arrival Into CMH, June 29 5pm

Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:25 pm

The "you" would be the pilot-in-command on a personal level, the airplane itself on a more general level. Sorry, just a bit awestruck by what I witnessed.

I'd love to know where the flight ended up or diverted to. Columbus was a mess of bad weather for quite some time after that.
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lat41
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RE: WN Arrival Into CMH, June 29 5pm

Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:03 am

Nice writing! Did you try piecing it together on flightaware or flytecomm?
 
spiritair97
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RE: WN Arrival Into CMH, June 29 5pm

Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:12 am

Quoting thorntot (Reply 2):
The "you" would be the pilot-in-command on a personal level, the airplane itself on a more general level. Sorry, just a bit awestruck by what I witnessed.

I'd love to know where the flight ended up or diverted to. Columbus was a mess of bad weather for quite some time after that.

I'm not complaining or criticizing, I was just confused.

Quoting lat41 (Reply 3):
Nice writing! Did you try piecing it together on flightaware or flytecomm?

I agree, you did do some nice writing there! Did you check flightaware? I'm sure you could probably find out there.
 
steex
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RE: WN Arrival Into CMH, June 29 5pm

Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:15 am

Checking out Flightaware, it looks like WN 593 PHX-CMH (a 73G) was probably the plane in question. It made an approach to CMH before pulling off and diverting to CLE.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S...3/history/20120629/1645Z/KPHX/KCMH

Incidentally, WN 339 (a 733) operating MDW-CMH also diverted to CLE, but it never made it anywhere close to Columbus before diverting.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S...9/history/20120629/1940Z/KMDW/KCLE
 
September11
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RE: WN Arrival Into CMH, June 29 5pm

Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:34 am

I'm amazed to find this out

Southwest diversions are very rare? Asking because most of us know Southwest's majority of flights are short
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thorntot
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RE: WN Arrival Into CMH, June 29 5pm

Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:19 am

Thanks for the flight aware link!

Now that we know the flight, perhaps we will hear from someone who was aboard the flight as either pax or crew for a different perspective.
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barney captain
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RE: WN Arrival Into CMH, June 29 5pm

Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:47 am

Quoting September11 (Reply 6):
Southwest diversions are very rare?

With over 3000 flights a day, I think you'll find that diversions, for one reason or another, happen daily.
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