Sunday, July 06, 2014

Premature Ditching & Last Minute Go Around

A train carrying Boeing fuselages to assembly plants in Washington state derailed in Montana, dumping the aircraft parts into a river. No one was injured, but I'm guessing someone's airplane deliveries might be late.

The video is taken by river rafters coming up on the scene.

And here's a go around at Barcelona: Russian crew forced to put in the power and abort their landing at the last moment because an Argentinian aircraft was taxiing across the runway. I don't know whether this was the result of an ATC error, or the Argentinians failed to hold short of the runway.

7 comments:

Cedar Glen said...

The Montana derailment is a brand new one for me; We'll probably see in in Monday's news. Cannot be certain, but they look like 737s, headed for Renton, WA. At least three, perhaps a few more still close to the track? They just ramped-up the 737 line (again); perhaps smaller, more frequent shipments are a good thing!
Barcelona? I've seen that video several times. There just HAS to be a major telephoto lens effect there, or the landing pilot would have GA even sooner. I cannot make out the audio, the the (A340?) doing taxi was darn sure not LOTFW! Probably not a huge risk, but waaaay out of normal specs. Ouch. Thanks for the clips.

Esketekebanka Fikilikippikiniki said...

"737s emerge from birthing river onto land for first time. Their wings, useless in underwater habitats, yet to mature."

Randal L. Schwartz said...

I'm surprised so many people are claiming the landing pilots as "amazing" or "heroes". A "go around" is a standard maneuver, hammered into us during basic training. Sure, we have to be vigilant, and know all the steps, but it's part of being an alert pilot.

tp lowe said...

Agree completely with Randal. Just happened to be recorded at close range by a plane spotter, so it seems dramatic.

Esketekebanka Fikilikippikiniki said...

Still afraid and breathless in Spanish media.

Aviatrix said...

I didn't see the "heroes" reaction before I posted. I spotted the go-around video just after I had posted the derailment and added it to the post without reading any comments. I'm not sure whether to be pleased that the public thinks this sort of thing is so incredibly rare as to be a heroic move, or insulted that they think pilots need a special aura of wonderfulness to discontinue a landing when there's something in the way.

Esketekebanka Fikilikippikiniki said...

The latter. That kind of public attention is not healthy. But then again, the public can be educated.