Matt D
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Flight Path Question (LAX)

Mon Mar 12, 2001 7:25 am

Ok...here's one that left me a bit baffled. Maybe some of you can help me.

I saw a Lufthansa 747-400 at about 1230 this afternoon on approach to LAX.
Nothing too exciting about that, except the path I saw it taking.
It came from west to east, to make the 180 degree turn onto finals. It was the same path I normally see the planes from northern CA, PDX, SEA, etc., and the Pacific heavies coming from.

I was surpised by this because I normally see all the European traffic come in from the east.

Does this mean that LH has flights from the Pacific to LAX, or was this a hideously distorted approach?


By the way, I got a perfect view of this while driving on Interstate 5 through downtown LA, enroute from Burbank to Orange County.
 
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RE: Flight Path Question (LAX)

Mon Mar 12, 2001 7:30 am

I doubt the flight came from over the pacific, LAX is very well known for funny things, I know that they change runway on your all the time. I reckon they sent him on a funny, for some reason or anotehr that you could not see!
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RE: Flight Path Question (LAX)

Mon Mar 12, 2001 7:40 am

Matt:

2 thoughts:

1) LAX Center and Coast Approach sent him that way due to traffic overload from the east, and put him on the Sadde Six arrival, or...

2) Perhaps LH was operating an SFO-LAX segment due to a cancellation at either SFO or LAX.

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RE: Flight Path Question (LAX)

Mon Mar 12, 2001 7:43 am

Sounds like the LH 747-400 encountered a typical runway direction change and had to double back.
 
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RE: Flight Path Question (LAX)

Mon Mar 12, 2001 11:06 am

I'm guessing it was coming in from Europe, via Avenal. Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought that was not unusual for European arrivals into LAX. Gotta spend more time on thetrip.com, I guess.
 
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RE: Flight Path Question (LAX)

Mon Mar 12, 2001 1:38 pm

This also happens in a missed approach.
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RE: Flight Path Question (LAX)

Mon Mar 12, 2001 2:58 pm

Actually that is pretty a standard approach for flights from europe. For Instance my VS LAX-LHR flight went straight over Reno acroos the Sierras over Bakersfield to the coast over Ventura then turned left (east). We came over the coast over malibu and made a 180 after downtown for the landing at lax.
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RE: Flight Path Question (LAX)

Mon Mar 12, 2001 3:39 pm

I think Rlwynns right. West bound Europe flights usually use the polar route and drop into the U.S over Washington or Idaho and you are set up like a flight from Spokane or Reno.
I love the view from downtown when the heavies coming from the west make there turn towards the airport. A couple years ago I saw Air Force One make this turn while I was on the 110 coming into downtown from Pasadena..Pretty cool stuff!

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RE: Flight Path Question (LAX)

Tue Mar 13, 2001 12:57 am

>>A couple years ago I saw Air Force One make this turn while I was on the 110 coming into downtown from Pasadena..Pretty cool stuff!

Was that the famous Hair Cut One you are referring to? < Smile>I guess that was back in '94 or '95.