Southwest Flight 2547 departed Oakland for Chicago Midway with 139 passengers onboard on Wednesday December 23, 2015. After takeoff, the Captain in Command made the decision to return to Oakland to check a maintenance item on the aircraft. The plane circled above the Central Valley and above the Oakland International Airport for hours before landing safely. The mechanical problem reportedly had to do with the landing gear.
This has got to be the biggest load of complete shite I've ever seen... after 33 years in the airline industry, this would appear routine... aeroplanes return all the time... it could have been something as simple as an inoperative de-icing system and an updated forecast for Chicago that suggested icing conditions. The news presenter is a complete imbecile "I'm clapping him for the great job of landing the plane". Firstly MORON, it's an AEROPLANE or an AIRPLANE. a 'plane' is something you fashion wood with and the fact they would even waste 10 mins of footage on this complete drivel and piffle is beyond belief... although it is yet another reason why Fox News is consider a bloody joke... wouldn't know news if it took a dump in their breakfast bowl. Seriously, this channel is not 'just' full of moronic, uneducated, right wing bubble dwellers - no wonder it's called the 'alternative history channel'.
While I truly appreciate this video by the poster (thanks for posting this), I am getting a bit sick of the over dramatization of these events, when this is not warranted!!
I am specifically referring to whoever it is, that is clapping after the touchdown * rollseyes * . Simply because an aircraft has "mechanical issues", does not mean that the pilot did something "heroic" by simply landing the aircraft. This was apparently a very normal landing requiring no extraordinary feats of skill, bravery or whatever.
This kind of hyperbole detracts and diminishes feats that actually deserve the recognition! For example, what Captain Sully Sullenberger did was truly extraordinary, demonstrating a stunning level of skill, judgment and calmness. Another incident that comes to mind (but to a much lesser extent), is the JetBlue A320, where the nosewheel was turned crooked and the pilot had to "ease it down on the runway" requiring a lot of finesse and skill.
The 737 has no fuel dumping capability. So, indeed, the aircraft needed to circle for hours to burn off enough of it, in order to land safely within the landing weight limits! Other than that, it was a fairly normal landing. The weather seemed pretty good, and even if it was fairly nasty, it's still a "normal landing". Pilots are trained for it and do it all the time!
I understand that to someone who is not a pilot, the difference between these various events may not be fully apparent. But it is important to distinguish the relative "non-events' from the ones that actually are extraordinary demonstrations of skill and heroism!
All the "experts" are like why didn't he go to O'Hare and then if he did you know the same people would be like why the hell did he go all the way to O'Hare? Really the comments are way more entertaining than the video.
Why in the world did they circle for 4 hours before landing?! They should have just gone on to Chicago at that point! They had to burn off fuel?! They usually just dump the fuel. They were obviously OK to fly so it made no sense to go back. The landing gear OBVIOUSLY works! LOL
If the landing gear didn't retract fully after takeoff they would not have enough fuel to make it to Chicago as they would have to fly below a specific speed or else damage the aircraft. Landing gear induces significant aero drag which will consume considerably more fuel ... all commercial aircraft are required to have 1 hour reserve fuel. Also, any failure in an aircraft system could mean other potential failures and the landing gear just happened to be the "identified" failure ... for example if their was a hydraulics problem with the gear that could potential impact all other hydraulic systems like flaps, rudder, elevators, etc. etc.
Pamala, 1st dumping fuel is just permitted in certain areas and being CA they would restrict any fuel dumping. 2nd the land gear was stuck in the down position and flying to Chicago with gear just is not going to happen.
+Susan Haroutounian Uhhh... I never claimed to be an aviation expert. I even had Willem explain to me why they circled for hours and was grateful to now understand. What a stupid comment. I'm used to flying in very small, private aircrafts, not commercial. Big difference. Evidently, you feel you are superior to all the "Monday morning quarterbacks"
Hell, he was already in the air when he discovered the gear issue. 4 hours of circling, he could have made it to Chicago in that time. He would have landed the jet the same way either in Cali or Chicago.
No, no, no... only the BIMBO presenting this complete drivel said it was 'circling' - she's a moron, it was CLEARLY descending the whole time... it was likely 2 hours out of OAK and returned, wouldn't have been a gear problem, likely would have been something to do with de-icing or something - a de-icing system going unserviceable and revised forecast shows icing conditions potentially or a warning light that the Captain decided, probably in conjunction with other factors to return and have fixed. If it did hold at altitude for a while it could have simply been dumping fuel... maximum take-off weight is much higher than maximum landing weight and maximum landing weight is a structural limitation so the airplane must always be below it for landing. If aircraft weight, plus current fuel on board exceeds maximum landing weight, the aircraft must dump fuel and that can take time.
But seriously, this is like reporting on a car on a freeway and following it with a helicopter because the driver has gone back home to get something he or she left behind... or stopped to get his ignition checked or top up his or her washer water FFS... totally irrelevant and indicative of how the Fox Network is completely devoid of any ability to report news.
The pilot circled because when there is an emergency, the aircraft needs to be in the vicinity of a fully capable airport if the plane needs to be put down on the ground in a hurry or if the emergency escalates in any way! it would not be wise to continue on the journey and be "in the middle of nowhere" if the problem should get worse!
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