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Offline stingray0

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UAL 224 emergency at Boston 04/23
« on: April 25, 2012, 01:19:32 AM »
Emergency of United flight 224 from Chicago to Boston.
Pilots report instrument failures and pressurization issues. It seems they were having trouble with their LOC/GS receivers, asking for weather conditions - hoping for VFR - at an alternate location. With no luck there, they continue on an ILS approach into Boston.

Note the weather at Boston at that time:
KBOS 231638Z 15008KT 2SM -RA BR BKN009 OVC011 17/16 A2933 RMK AO2 RAB1557 P0000$

...with other aircraft reportedly breaking through the clouds at 400 to 600 feet.

This clip condenses the final, approx., 80 minutes until arrival at the gate into 14 minutes. Silence and non relevant comm deleted.
Sequence was: ZBW (CAM39) -> ZBW (GDM36) -> APP (Rockport) - > Final -> APP (Rockport) - > Final -> TWR -> GND

[Edit: also see AvHerald http://avherald.com/h?article=44e7f89a&opt=0 ]
« Last Edit: April 25, 2012, 01:35:35 AM by stingray0 »



Offline Phlux

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Re: UAL 224 emergency at Boston 04/23
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2012, 10:02:05 AM »
Excellent edit, well done.  Thanks for this.
Charlotte Ground - "Cactus 1441, hold short of mike and give way to the RJ..."

US Airways 1441 - "We have priority here, this same thing happened last time..."

Charlotte Ground - "You have priority when I give it to you, now hold short Cactus 1441..

Offline bn2av8r

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Re: UAL 224 emergency at Boston 04/23
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2012, 10:03:19 AM »
Great edit job!

I can't believe ARFF tried to communicate with the aircraft while they were shooting a low vis approach on most likely essential or emergency power. (meaning flying the peanut)

Offline njlarkin

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Re: UAL 224 emergency at Boston 04/23
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2012, 11:51:02 AM »
"No!  We'll talk to you later!"

Offline mkop

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Re: UAL 224 emergency at Boston 04/23
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2012, 08:50:14 PM »
I love the "snub" in response. "We require no further assistance. We'll taxi straight to the gate."

Offline ARFF!

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Re: UAL 224 emergency at Boston 04/23
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2012, 02:51:29 PM »
Great edit job!

I can't believe ARFF tried to communicate with the aircraft while they were shooting a low vis approach on most likely essential or emergency power. (meaning flying the peanut)

1. ARFF crews are NOT pilots.
2. ARFF crews are NOT aircraft mechanics.
3. ARFF crews are given the bare minimum of info as to the nature of the emergency, and often the information turns out to be incorrect.
4. ARFF crews do not usually hear all of the radio traffic.
5. ARFF crews have no idea as to what "shooting a low vis approach" involves, nor what "flying the peanut" means. (see #1)
6. ARFF crews DO want to have at least a minimal amount of contact with the flight crews so they can be made aware of any special needs or conditions.

In all fairness, I truly don't understand why ARFF would ask about the masks...at that stage of the game it wouldn't matter if they had deployed or not.