|Quoting zrs70 (Reply 3):|
A plane would not have a missed approach 6 times. OP must mean the plane circled, which is quite normal. Could be a whole host of reasons, from ground ops to a plane issue to a crew issue.
More than 6 circuits in a holding pattern (which I'm sure is what the OP is referring to) are common. Can't count the number of times it's happened on my flights at LHR
where it's very common (one reason I do my best to avoid LHR
). Very rare at most other major European airports.
As far as actual go-arounds (missed approaches) are concerned, noticed one example a week ago (August 9) in the Transport Canada daily occurrence reports of a WestJet Encore Q400 that made 3 missed approaches at YYC
before landing on the 4th attempt.
A Westjet Encore DHC-8-400 (WJE3247) from Saskatoon, SK (CYXE) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) overshot runway 16 at 0231Z due to unstable approach. The aircraft was vectored back around for an approach runway 10 and overshot that runway at 0240Z due to being "too high and having issues". WJE3247 was then vectored back for an approach runway 16 and was overshot by Tower due to traffic ahead on approach too slow. WJE3247 was vectored back for an approach runway 16 and landed OK at 0305Z.