Wow, what a ride ... DL
373, MD80 (ship 902, btw), from St. Louis to Atlanta ...
Slightly delayed (45mins or so) due to traffic holds, no surprise on a weekday afternoon to atlanta ... we were lined up for our landing when right about the time the landing gear would come down, we start hearing from the cockpit "Whoop! Whoop! PULL UP
!" over and over, and the engines spool up.
We overflew the airport at altitude and the pilot announced he didn't like the looks of a rainstorm and we were going to circle around and try again ...
So we did ... 2nd try, we came on down and right before touchdown, the warning went off again, over and over ... we were slightly right of center and suddenly just slipped to center and sat down - not a hard landing, but a "firm" one ... I'm guessing maybe crosswind and we sideslipped a bit to line up before touchdown?
It was a pretty nice bit of flying, albeit a bit disconcerting with that warning blaring through the cockpit door. If it was THAT loud in row 3, I can't imagine how loud it must have been on the other side of that nice FAA approved reinforced door ...
And lemme tell you, not halfway through the rollout, the skies opened up.
Rain so hard you couldn't see the little lights on the metal stands that mark the taxiways. Constant lightning and thunder. I think we were the last plane down.
Ramp was closed for a good 30mins before we could pull into the gate, and by the time I got my bags (there were only 10 flights listed on the arrivals board!) it had opened up again even WORSE than when we landed - constant lightning all around the ground transportation area, and no planes moving on the tarmac at all ...
I feel for anyone who wasn't as lucky and got to visit somewhere else this evening ...
Airline Delta Air Lines
Flight Number 373
Departure City (Airport) Saint Louis, MO
Departure Time 08/23/2005 03:47 PM
Arrival City (Airport) Atlanta, GA
Arrival Time 08/23/2005 05:44 PM
(6:25pm @ the gate)
Remaining Flight Time 00:00
Aircraft Type McDonnell Douglas MD
Current Altitude 0 feet
Current Groundspeed 0 mph
Flight Status Arrived