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(Temple Daily Telegram)   It's embarrassing to get stuck in the mud while making a U-turn. It's way worse when you're driving a full passenger jet at the time   (tdtnews.com ) divider line
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13932 clicks; posted to Main » on 25 Dec 2004 at 12:18 PM (11 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2004-12-25 11:32:33 AM  
Better to fark up on the ground than in the air.
 
2004-12-25 11:53:46 AM  
How true!

My wife (flight attendant) had a good one the other day..plane leaves gate late, de-ices for an hour, gets to runway ready to takeoff, and pilot discovers mechanical (hyrdraulics). Planes pulls back in; finally departs 13 hours later. Ouch!
 
2004-12-25 12:24:17 PM  
HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEH.... i wonder if anyone used AAA to call a towtruck to get the plane unstuck.

www.rt33.com grown-p xmas muzak. :-) have a grrrreat time everyone!
 
2004-12-25 12:25:58 PM  
I was wondering if they made everyone get out and push...
 
2004-12-25 12:25:59 PM  
I picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue...
 
2004-12-25 12:27:29 PM  
Yeah I saw this on the news last night, it's all that 'hellish' weather happening in the midwest.

/not bothering to RTFA
 
2004-12-25 12:31:08 PM  
American Eagle, how suprising. The passengers are lucky that the latest demonstration of American Eagle's saftety and training happened on the ground.

You won't get me onboard their crap for love or money.
 
2004-12-25 12:31:35 PM  
Now thats what I call a sticky situation.
 
2004-12-25 12:33:55 PM  
Happens to me all the time in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
 
2004-12-25 12:33:56 PM  
This happened to me just the other day. I had just greased the landing to 24-Left, and passed the mark at exactly TCH, which leaves roll-out exactly 50 feet long of alpha-2. So ATC comes on and asks if I wanna whip a 180. Well, it's a ways to the end so I say sure. Well, wouldn't you know it...I was thinking I was in my little 152 Sparrowhawk, when in fact, I was in a C5a-galaxy. Duh!
 
2004-12-25 12:34:15 PM  
Pilots + xmas = Twice as drunk...Keep up the good work guys.
 
2004-12-25 12:36:06 PM  
Over Macho Grande? I don't think I'll ever get over Macho Grande.
 
2004-12-25 12:41:29 PM  
"...after an airliner got stuck in the mud and gummed up landings and takeoffs for hours."

It's nice to see the AP using proper words like "gummed up" in their reporting.

Remember the kids in school who always asked if spelling counted? They are journalists now.

/not saying it's misspelled -- just that they have the same disregard for vocabulary
 
2004-12-25 12:45:03 PM  
Brockway: As PIC you should have declined ATC's request.

Don't worry, I always get a C-152 confused with a C-5. Happens all the time.

/i kid, i kid
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2004-12-25 12:48:52 PM  
I was thinking I was in my little 152 Sparrowhawk, when in fact, I was in a C5a-galaxy.

C-5 is designed for soft-field landings, isn't it?

But I don't think it comes with a ski package.
 
2004-12-25 01:01:08 PM  
It's better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than in the air wishing you were on the ground.
 
2004-12-25 01:22:17 PM  
I once got stuck in the mud doing a u-turn in a plane, but in my case the u-turn was actually a donkey punch and the plane was actually YOUR MOM!

WHOOO!

/drinking early. adolesence flashbacks ensue.
/apologies all
 
2004-12-25 01:24:05 PM  
Joe Patroni: Hold on, we're goin' for broke!
Joe Patroni: I'll be back in time if I have to pull that plane out with my teeth!
Joe Patroni: Let us put it this way: You promised me a box of cigars if I pull this off, right? Well, what're you standing here for? Go get 'em!
 
2004-12-25 01:24:55 PM  
Assistant: The instruction book said that was impossible!
Joe Patroni: That's one nice thing about the 707. She can do everything but read.
 
2004-12-25 01:25:30 PM  
Joe Patroni: You chickened out on me! I told you I wanted all the power you got!
Capt. Benson: Full throttle and this plane would be standing on its nose.
Joe Patroni: You might fly these things but I take them apart and put them back together again. If you had any guts we'd be on the runway by now.
Capt. Benson: You felt it vibrating? Another 10 seconds and we'd have had structural damage.
Joe Patroni: Who do ya think you're talking to, some kid that fixes bicycles? I know every inch of the 707! Take the wings off this and you could use it as a TANK! This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
 
2004-12-25 02:10:04 PM  
Never let ATC tell you what to do. The pilots may be drunk, but the controllers are strung out on meth.
 
2004-12-25 02:10:20 PM  
Whats really sad is this article was posted, and the writer doesn't have any true facts.

American Eagle doesn't operate a 129 seat airplane. The biggest thing Eagle flies is the CRJ-700, which has SEVENTY seats. Methinks this was probably an American Airlines MD-80, and we all know mainline pilots have vastly superior piloting skills compared to their regional airline bretheren.

Jebus I hate those tiny, dinky, 130 seat regional jets. I can't believe I paid $150 to fly round trip across the country and we aren't on a 777, or at least a 767 for our flight into Richmond, Virginia.

/sorry to cloud this issue with facts
//wonder if it was a future flushbAAck?
 
2004-12-25 03:14:08 PM  
useless without pictures
 
2004-12-25 03:49:10 PM  
There..
[image from maxwell.af.mil too old to be available]
 
2004-12-25 05:46:34 PM  
My aunt almost missed Christmas with the rest of the family because she was supposed to fly out of Richmond to Tampa. They offered to get her there by "Tuesday at the latest". No thanks ma'am!

So she got a flight on USA3000 (I never heard of them myself) and got bussed over to Newport News Airport, and arrived, only 8 hours late.

At least USAir gave her a full refund, and not a voucher.
 
2004-12-25 05:47:46 PM  
Whats really sad is CoolHandLucas doesn't have any true facts.

It was, in fact, an American Eagle (flight 1239) and carried 129 passengers. Since he says American Eagle doesn't operate a 129-seat airplane (it was an MD-80), maybe he better call American Eagle and let them know they weren't really stuck because they plane that was stuck wasn't one of theirs.

Heres a link to the local newspaper version with details.

When you publish "facts" maybe you better explain where you got them.
 
2004-12-25 05:50:01 PM  
Ooops. The link
 
2004-12-25 06:00:57 PM  
Pinecamguy, you are a moran.

American Eagle DOES NOT operate the MD80 aircraft - mainline American does. American Eagle operates the ATR 42/72, Saab 340, Embraer 135/140/145 regional jets, and the Bombardier CRJ-700. The largest capacity airplane Eagle operates is 70.

I'm sure you know reporters NEVER get anything wrong *sarcasm*. Don't believe everything you read on teh intarweb, you tool. If you don't believe me, check www.aa.com and look at the fleet types. Merry farkin' Christmas.

/pilot
//used to work for AX
 
2004-12-25 06:13:26 PM  
bah, farked html

See, I'm so into the holiday spirit I even took the liberty of finding the page on AA.com for you. You will notice that American Airlines (on the left) operates the MD-80, while American Eagle (on the right) does not.

http://www.aa.com/content/aboutUs/ourPlanes/ourPlanes.jhtml

The pilot union at AA (the Allied Pilots Association) would destroy AMR if Eagle was flying anything larger than the few CR7s they currently operate. How do I know this? I work in the airline industry and have many friends flying in the American system. And FYI, "AX" is the old generic code for American Connection, operating out of St. Louis.
 
2004-12-25 06:31:17 PM  
I figured, when I saw that the article mentioned an "American Eagle" flight, that there would be some plane-heads here pointing out the mistake. And, indeed.

CoolHandLucas is correct. A regional "affiliate" airline could never fly an MD-80 under current union rules, and so, it doesn't.

LA Times link (must "register")
AA flight-numbering system link; all flight #'s under 3000 are mainline flights, period.

/former travel agent who's been in television media for 6 years; trust me, this article's brand of inaccuracy is the kind that happens every single day. You just usually never see it.
 
2004-12-25 09:57:11 PM  
If you cant drive a plane on the ground then you dam sure shouldnt be flying it. When i make a u-turn i try and stay on the pavement or go 4x4 and gas it.
364 1/2 days till christmas shop early
GO HOGS GO
 
2004-12-25 11:21:14 PM  
I haven't seen anyone in the news address this yet:

Plane slides into mud at 8:30am.

They don't get it hauled out of the mud until 4:30PM!!!!

What is up with that? Why does it take forever for ANYTHING
to happen at an airport? If you've got the tow truck with
the winch, you drive to the plane an haul it out in what,
two, three hours? What's this EIGHT HOUR crap?

/almost flew into Richmod.
 
2004-12-26 12:22:42 AM  
Yeah, especially when there's a 707 with a hole blown out of the side and the tail threatening to fall off expecting to land any second.
 
2004-12-26 02:31:54 AM  
LeroyB

Brockway: As PIC you should have declined ATC's request.


LeroyB, it isn't that I couldn't make the U to alpha 2, it is that I MISJUDGED the radius, just like the guy in the story. Plus, I was a little gun-shy because of the last time I got to the end and couldn't make foxtrot:


[image from rcgroups.com too old to be available]

 
2004-12-26 09:02:37 PM  
Wait, if the pilots are on depressants and the ATC's are on speed, doesn't it even out?
 
2014-04-01 05:29:44 PM  

CoolHandLucas: Whats really sad is this article was posted, and the writer doesn't have any true facts.

American Eagle doesn't operate a 129 seat airplane. The biggest thing Eagle flies is the CRJ-700, which has SEVENTY seats. Methinks this was probably an American Airlines MD-80, and we all know mainline pilots have vastly superior piloting skills compared to their regional airline bretheren.

Jebus I hate those tiny, dinky, 130 seat regional jets. I can't believe I paid $150 to fly round trip across the country and we aren't on a 777, or at least a 767 for our flight into Richmond, Virginia.

/sorry to cloud this issue with facts
//wonder if it was a future flushbAAck?


I flew on a CRJ-700 once. It was the smoothest, quietest plane I've ever been on. I was impressed.
 
2014-04-01 05:54:59 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-04-01 11:06:37 PM  
 
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