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Orioles Charter (DL8900) Diverts For Fire/smoke

Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:26 am

The charter carrying the Baltimore Orioles from BWI to the St. Pete airport diverted to JAX for a small onboard fire in the galley. Here's the flight track http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL8900 and more on the story here:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/o...ksonville-20120930,0,4154435.story
 
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RE: Orioles Charter (DL8900) Diverts For Fire/smoke

Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:59 am

Back on their way now! I'm amazed at their emergency descent rate though. From 30k to 10k in less than ten minutes!! I know they were having an emergency but isn't their a point where it gets dangerous?
 
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RE: Orioles Charter (DL8900) Diverts For Fire/smoke

Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:09 am

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 1):
Back on their way now! I'm amazed at their emergency descent rate though. From 30k to 10k in less than ten minutes!! I know they were having an emergency but isn't their a point where it gets dangerous?

Probably not when it involves a fire.
 
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RE: Orioles Charter (DL8900) Diverts For Fire/smoke

Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:13 am

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 1):
Back on their way now! I'm amazed at their emergency descent rate though. From 30k to 10k in less than ten minutes!! I know they were having an emergency but isn't their a point where it gets dangerous?

30k to 10k in less than 10 minutes is only 2000-2500 fpm.. that's quite gentle and actually what you feel on a normal descent path.

An aggressive descent would be more along the lines of 6000 fpm... not dangerous at all, either.
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RE: Orioles Charter (DL8900) Diverts For Fire/smoke

Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:23 am

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 1):
I'm amazed at their emergency descent rate though. From 30k to 10k in less than ten minutes!! I know they were having an emergency but isn't their a point where it gets dangerous?

30k to 10k in ten minutes is almost a normal descent path.

Quoting XFSUgimpLB41X (Reply 3):
An aggressive descent would be more along the lines of 6000 fpm... not dangerous at all, either.

Thankfully, I've never had to do an emergency descent, but when I've done them in the sim we see 9000+ fpm. That'll get you from cruise altitude to 10,000 pretty damn quick.

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RE: Orioles Charter (DL8900) Diverts For Fire/smoke

Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:28 am

Quoting Mir (Reply 4):
Thankfully, I've never had to do an emergency descent, but when I've done them in the sim we see 9000+ fpm. That'll get you from cruise altitude to 10,000 pretty damn quick.

Yep, momentarily you'll peg out the VSI beyond what it can register which is well above 10k fpm. It averages a bit below that though. Point made, though.  
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RE: Orioles Charter (DL8900) Diverts For Fire/smoke

Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:36 am

Quoting XFSUgimpLB41X (Reply 5):
It averages a bit below that though.

I can't say I'm paying incredibly close attention to the VSI during that maneuver, but every time I glance at it it seems to be right around 9k (at least until you get down to lower altitudes). I guess it varies by aircraft type.

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