GalaxyFlyer wrote:What exactly was ATC gonna do? Give the inbound missile a go around?
GalaxyFlyer wrote:What exactly was ATC gonna do? Give the inbound missile a go around? As a pilot what could you do? Divert to another island, perhaps, but there wasn’t a specific target, either.
MatthewDB wrote:GalaxyFlyer wrote:What exactly was ATC gonna do? Give the inbound missile a go around? As a pilot what could you do? Divert to another island, perhaps, but there wasn’t a specific target, either.
I presume the diversion options for all of the Hawaiian islands are another Hawaiian island?
About the only possibility I could see that could cause a re-direct is if they knew the track very well, they could divert away from the impact point.
NBGSkyGod wrote:From the NATCA Facebook page:
"Veteran Honolulu Control Facility (HCF) member Steve Olson, recounting the experience of working yesterday:
“8:07am I was plugged in working airplanes like I do every Saturday morning, when the day took a turn into the surreal. Pilot after pilot started to check in with the same question. ‘Center, can you confirm the missile launch?’
“Then, as questions on the control floor were asked, it seemed like every phone in the room started ringing. The word ‘confirmed’ stung like a knife in the gut. As I started to advise the pilots on frequency that the missile launch is confirmed, the frequencies grew silent.
“As I did the only thing I could, continue to take care of the planes in my charge, all I could do was think about the ones I love, my loving wife and amazing kids. With less then 10 minutes there was nothing I could do.
“We found out rather quickly that it was a false alarm, but it seemed like forever.
“With my heart racing and my stomach in my throat, this is what was in my mind. Every day, for the last 29 years, when I leave home for work I hug Meagan, kiss her and tell her I love her. It may sound silly and trite, but today, for 10 long minutes, it mattered.
“Don’t take anything or anyone for granted.”"
Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe
Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days
Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit
Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior
Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft
Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials
Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions
Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin
Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon
Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos
Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft
Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries
Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground
Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos