Revelation wrote:Finn350 wrote:Pyrex wrote:
So, they were over Kamchatka when they started descending? Why not just land there?
I can’t think any other reason than that the engine issue apparently wasn’t severe enough to force diversion to the nearest suitable aerodrome. They flew quite a bit over sea to reach the Aleutians.
We've had this discussion before on a.net, and "nearest suitable aerodrome" is perhaps a bit more open ended than the words suggest.
For instance the wording isn't "nearest viable aerodrome" and that leaves room for discretion as to what makes one aerodrome suitable and another not.
Also a lot of things need to happen from top of descent to landing so a fair amount of the time would be taken up in the course of events.
We don't know the nature of the engine problem so we don't know the level of concern.
I presume since we haven't seen tons of social media posts that the problem wasn't very dramatic.
As you say, they certainly had fair amount of time for the landing, as after starting the descend, it took 2 hours and over 1000 km to land