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The Return Into TGU

Mon Jun 11, 2001 4:17 am

Hi once again. I posted a report about my trip from TGU to MIA. Know I will tell you about my return to Honduras. On June 5, 2001, I woke up really early to get to the airport in Newark, New Jersey. Good flight on an American A300. The second we got to MIA the airport was covered with rain. From Terminal E, I was not able to see the aircraft we, (mom and I), were going to be riding on to TGU. After a few minutes it cleared up and nothing really was set back that much. As I sat in the terminal above the gate, I kept hearing reports that the flight to Montego Bay, aircraft originated in Newark (my flight to Miami), was being delayed because of problems with the fuel procesoor chip. Finally my mom and I moved downstairs to our gate. I got up enough courage to go ask about visiting the cockpit. They took me in right away and didn't let me get my carry-on luggage. Once in the cockpit I talked with the pilots and found out that we would be delayed twenty minutes. The pilots were nice and showed me charts of the approach in runway 01 at TGU. I found out later that the First Officer was on his first flight into TGU as a crew member. He didn't tell me that but a pilot friend of mine told me about it. After I noticed that boarding had commenced, I quickly exited the aircraft and tried to get my bag. The lady at the desk would not let me go get it and my mom had to bring it to me. Once my luggage was onboard I went back up to the cockpit and was there right up until pushback, after that it would have been illegal for me to be up there. I was seated in 34F the last row of the aircraft. Even though this aircraft had been changed for the More Room Thru Coach, I could not see any difference from regular leg room.When we took off, I really enjoyed the view going out to the keys and then over Cuba. As we neared Honduras, I was able to see the Bay Islands. Guanaja was directly below me. I could see plain as day the runway on the island. The approach into TGU, runway 01, is strickly VFR (Visual Flight Rules). We flew over a resevior on the top of a mountain surrounding the city, then we turned on the base leg of our approach. We weaved between two water tanks (all information from Jeppesen Charts). Finally we started to align with runway01. It had rained earlier and so the runway was really wet. The landing was a little rough compared to landing in MIA but its normal.
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The plane rolled out the full length of the runway and used the very last possible taxiway. When we got to the gate I was instructed by mom to go get here bags, somewhere in the middle of the aircraft. I was the last person out the back door. It was really humid outside and I started to sweat instantly. TGUMAN
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