Several days ago, an Air Canada JAZZ Dash-8-300 was experiencing problems while on approach to Toronto Intl (YYZ) from Windsor, Ontario (YQG). This JAZZ Dash-8's FLT # was 7740.
Shortly after checking in with Toronto's arrival controller, the pilot began explaining that he had a caution light flickering (he never said for what system), and that his company's maintenance wanted him to do an "Alternet Extension".
He explained to the controller that this meant he required a 10 mile final and needed to maintain 130 knots on his approach (arriving airliners at YYZ normally fly their approaches at 170 or 190 knots once on the ILS).
He also advised the controller that once his gear was extended, he wouldn't be able to Go Around! I suspect he was asking the controller to make sure no aircraft were on the runway (unless they were ready to roll with NO DELAY).
He was then handed over to the tower...and I lost his next transmissions.
Does anyone feel like guessing what this Dash-8-300's problem was?
If so...Why would a Dash-8 not be able to overshoot and go around if nessesary?
Also, what abnormal or emergency checklist items would dictate that he had to maintain 130 knots on a 10 mile approach and then have only ONE shot at landing?
Photo © Andy Vanderheyden
Any thoughts about what this pilot's problem might have been would be appreciated.