Off-course cargo jet averts disaster
SEATTLE – It was a thunderous wake-up call just before 9 a.m. Tuesday morning. The steely nerves of construction crews working at Sea-Tac Airport were shaken to their foundations.
“Something was not right. Something was absolutely not right. He was way too low to be here, that's for sure,” said construction foreman, Rich Binckley.
An Emery Air Cargo [DC-8] plane roared dangerously close to the ground. witnesses say it was lower than the 230-foot fog -shrouded air traffic tower currently under construction.
“You see that tower right there? We expected a big bang. It scared the crap out of everybody,” said construction worker, Brad Duncan.
“It happened so quick after the fact I thought what would I do to survive – it was headed straight for us,” said construction worker Joe Fuchs. “A plane so big there was nowhere to go, that's what was scary about it.”
The FAA says the emery cargo pilot was supposed to land on runway 16-R but instead drifted about a half mile off course, actually crossing over another runway and busy air cargo road while aborting the failed landing.
“He was considerably drifting off course and we want to know why and how,” said FAA spokesman, Mike Fergus.
Its not a great-written story, but seems that none of the other Seattle media has picked up on it.
I wish I would have been there
So how does a DC8, on the ILS approach (1/4 mile visability at the time!) get so far off the localizer to end up over International Blvd. and almost clip the new control tower?!