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(Yahoo)   "Uh folks, we can't land this plane because our traffic controllers have decided to take a nap"   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 44
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2014-08-19 11:46:20 AM  
Where's Zombie Chinese Reagan when you need him?
 
GBB
2014-08-19 12:39:59 PM  
So, it's not just an American ATC problem then?
 
2014-08-19 12:42:09 PM  
ABORTING is a *CRIME* against Humanity.

Down with China's one child policy.
 
2014-08-19 12:44:06 PM  
Not a pilot, but assuming you've got gas in the event of lack of tower communications, couldn't you do a low flyby to insure the runway is clear, turn around and land if it is?  Better yet, on the flyby, pull a Maverick a la Top Gun to wake the tower up?
 
2014-08-19 12:46:48 PM  
The more stories about air traffic control pop up, the more I'm worried that the Breaking Bad planes plot takes place.
 
2014-08-19 12:48:43 PM  
Looks like they picked the wrong week to quite taking sleeping pills
 
2014-08-19 12:49:38 PM  
A China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport

Ruh Roh.
 
2014-08-19 12:50:50 PM  

The Cureman: Looks like they picked the wrong week to quite taking sleeping pills


www.wearysloth.com
 
2014-08-19 12:51:18 PM  

Im_Gumby: Not a pilot, but assuming you've got gas in the event of lack of tower communications, couldn't you do a low flyby to insure the runway is clear, turn around and land if it is?  Better yet, on the flyby, pull a Maverick a la Top Gun to wake the tower up?


You"re not the only plane in the airspace.
Just might run into the other guy doing the same.
On a side note, China is so ate up with retards, it really farks me off when U.S. companies send our jobs there.
 
2014-08-19 12:55:58 PM  

CoysOdie: Im_Gumby: Not a pilot, but assuming you've got gas in the event of lack of tower communications, couldn't you do a low flyby to insure the runway is clear, turn around and land if it is?  Better yet, on the flyby, pull a Maverick a la Top Gun to wake the tower up?

You"re not the only plane in the airspace.
Just might run into the other guy doing the same.
On a side note, China is so ate up with retards, it really farks me off when U.S. companies send our jobs there.


#1, is that because of the melamine?

#2 how did this get by Fark's censor's delicate sensibilities?
 
2014-08-19 12:58:48 PM  

CoysOdie: Im_Gumby: Not a pilot, but assuming you've got gas in the event of lack of tower communications, couldn't you do a low flyby to insure the runway is clear, turn around and land if it is?  Better yet, on the flyby, pull a Maverick a la Top Gun to wake the tower up?

You"re not the only plane in the airspace.
Just might run into the other guy doing the same.
On a side note, China is so ate up with retards, it really farks me off when U.S. companies send our jobs there.


But couldn't you broadcast your intentions on the radio?  Wouldn't you think that any plane in the control vicinity of that tower be broadcasting/monitoring the same frequency?
 
2014-08-19 12:59:27 PM  
FTFA: "The incident, which took place on July 8, is the third mishap in two months involving the Chinese carrier."

While technically true that the airline was involved in this incident, I think we can safely put this one in the laps of the ATC guys.... But then again, Malaysian is catching hell for the actions of random Russian dudes...
 
2014-08-19 01:01:43 PM  

Im_Gumby: Not a pilot, but assuming you've got gas in the event of lack of tower communications, couldn't you do a low flyby to insure the runway is clear, turn around and land if it is?  Better yet, on the flyby, pull a Maverick a la Top Gun to wake the tower up?


There's no guarantee that by the time you're done buzzing the tower, getting back
around, and having another go
at it that the runway is clear.
 
2014-08-19 01:01:48 PM  
Probably had a big meal. I always feel like a nap after eating Chinese food.
 
2014-08-19 01:09:04 PM  
The incident, which took place on July 8, is the third mishap in two months involving the Chinese carrier.

Unless China Eastern employs the control tower crew, I don't see how this is  their mishap.
 
2014-08-19 01:10:24 PM  

Im_Gumby: CoysOdie: Im_Gumby: Not a pilot, but assuming you've got gas in the event of lack of tower communications, couldn't you do a low flyby to insure the runway is clear, turn around and land if it is?  Better yet, on the flyby, pull a Maverick a la Top Gun to wake the tower up?

You"re not the only plane in the airspace.
Just might run into the other guy doing the same.
On a side note, China is so ate up with retards, it really farks me off when U.S. companies send our jobs there.

But couldn't you broadcast your intentions on the radio?  Wouldn't you think that any plane in the control vicinity of that tower be broadcasting/monitoring the same frequency?


Yes, and that's exactly what most pilots would do. We have lots of tools at our disposal for avoiding other airplanes aside from ATC.
 
2014-08-19 01:11:54 PM  
Me put roofie in your coke.
 
2014-08-19 01:13:02 PM  

Im_Gumby: CoysOdie: Im_Gumby: Not a pilot, but assuming you've got gas in the event of lack of tower communications, couldn't you do a low flyby to insure the runway is clear, turn around and land if it is?  Better yet, on the flyby, pull a Maverick a la Top Gun to wake the tower up?

You"re not the only plane in the airspace.
Just might run into the other guy doing the same.
On a side note, China is so ate up with retards, it really farks me off when U.S. companies send our jobs there.

But couldn't you broadcast your intentions on the radio?  Wouldn't you think that any plane in the control vicinity of that tower be broadcasting/monitoring the same frequency?


Yes and no. The vast majority of airports in this country, including many with scheduled airline service, do not have any control tower. Pilots handle it themselves by broadcasting over a common frequency. It works just fine.

Trying to make that work with a large number of simultaneous jets arriving can be a pain, and obviously at a place like Atlanta or Chicago it would be impossible. Those airports tend to have multiple tower frequencies divided up by runway or direction of flight, so procedure there when the tower is offline would be a bit messy.
 
2014-08-19 01:14:32 PM  
We're gonna have to come in pretty low to land this thing.
 
2014-08-19 01:16:45 PM  

jehovahs witness protection: Me put roofie in your coke.


I rost.
 
2014-08-19 01:22:00 PM  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru8IbRaHC2g

Are we sure they just couldn't understand what they were saying?
 
2014-08-19 01:23:28 PM  
This just in, Chinese media has released the flight tower crew names:

Do Zhin Nau

Trang Tun Ap

Nau Shu Taye
 
2014-08-19 01:28:25 PM  
Maybe the controller here got a new job in China...
http://www.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/03/24/dc.air.traffic.suspension/
 
2014-08-19 01:35:59 PM  
The controllers could have been eating ice cream.
 
2014-08-19 01:36:10 PM  

wildcardjack: Probably had a big meal. I always feel like a nap after eating Chinese food.


Not possible, Chinese food doesn't make you full enough to need a nap.
 
2014-08-19 01:39:49 PM  

gopher321: Where's Zombie Chinese Reagan when you need him?


No doubt imploring someone to "tear down this wall".

ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2014-08-19 01:40:26 PM  

ChipNASA: ABORTING is a *CRIME* against Humanity.

Down with China's one child policy.


static.giantbomb.com
 
2014-08-19 01:43:48 PM  
Ok... well at least we can ask Johnny not to unplug the landing lights.

God dammit Johnny you had one job!!!
 
2014-08-19 01:46:56 PM  
They knew what they were getting into!
 
2014-08-19 01:49:32 PM  
During my private pilot training I read that setting your transponder to 7700, indicating an emergency situation, activates alarms in towers and other ATC facilities.

Is that true?  Do they have that system in China?  Could it work, as a last resort, to wake up the controllers?
 
2014-08-19 01:58:47 PM  

caddisfly: This just in, Chinese media has released the flight tower crew names:

Do Zhin Nau

Trang Tun Ap

Nau Shu Taye


I'm struggling with that last one :(
 
2014-08-19 01:59:44 PM  

The Southern Logic Company: A China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport

Ruh Roh.


Apparently, they did NOT have it all in check.

Haz a sad:
www.defsounds.com
 
2014-08-19 02:01:13 PM  
Should it matter?

i10.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-19 02:02:05 PM  
Since this is China, I'll guess that the controllers were summarily executed, and their families sent a bill for the cost of the bullets.
 
2014-08-19 02:06:33 PM  

zulius: caddisfly: This just in, Chinese media has released the flight tower crew names:

Do Zhin Nau

Trang Tun Ap

Nau Shu Taye

I'm struggling with that last one :(


No shiat, hey.
 
2014-08-19 03:36:52 PM  
I think you'll find that you *can* land the plane.

All landings eventualy become mandatory.


/Oh you ment safely?
 
2014-08-19 04:00:08 PM  
It looks like the photo accompanying the article shows a plane taking off rather than landing.
 
2014-08-19 04:02:16 PM  

Hebjamn: During my private pilot training I read that setting your transponder to 7700, indicating an emergency situation, activates alarms in towers and other ATC facilities.

Is that true?  Do they have that system in China?  Could it work, as a last resort, to wake up the controllers?


Sort of. First the "blip" that is you will flash. and a low volume buzzer will sound.
 Most Towers don't look at Radar (as you know it) and the regular Radar only works if you are awake
and have not turned down the volume. (which some controllers do).
And 7700 in universal. Just as 7500 and 7600 are.
 
2014-08-19 04:19:14 PM  

chiett: Hebjamn: During my private pilot training I read that setting your transponder to 7700, indicating an emergency situation, activates alarms in towers and other ATC facilities.

Is that true?  Do they have that system in China?  Could it work, as a last resort, to wake up the controllers?

Sort of. First the "blip" that is you will flash. and a low volume buzzer will sound.
 Most Towers don't look at Radar (as you know it) and the regular Radar only works if you are awake
and have not turned down the volume. (which some controllers do).
And 7700 in universal. Just as 7500 and 7600 are.


Thanks.  I figured it wasn't quite as alarming as the textbooks suggest.  I guess buzzing the tower is the answer ;-)
 
2014-08-19 04:22:40 PM  
Plane's skidding off runway, airlines potentially at fault and lives at risk.   Airplane can't land because some control is napping, not airlines fault and they could wait or go elsewhere causing little risk. They need to fire controller Mei Tu Tired
 
2014-08-19 04:36:48 PM  

gopher321: Where's Zombie Chinese Reagan when you need him?


You still miffed about Reagan cutting the d*cks off a bunch of pointy headed Union pukes?
 
2014-08-19 08:08:28 PM  

Click Click D'oh: FTFA: "The incident, which took place on July 8, is the third mishap in two months involving the Chinese carrier."

While technically true that the airline was involved in this incident, I think we can safely put this one in the laps of the ATC guys.... But then again, Malaysian is catching hell for the actions of random Russian dudes...


jtown: The incident, which took place on July 8, is the third mishap in two months involving the Chinese carrier.

Unless China Eastern employs the control tower crew, I don't see how this is  their mishap.


Maybe it's a tacit admission that there are no free companies and the infrastructure is more or less all owned by the army?
 
2014-08-19 11:05:53 PM  
I never fly Jetblue.
 
2014-08-20 01:18:14 AM  

caddisfly: This just in, Chinese media has released the flight tower crew names:

Do Zhin Nau

Trang Tun Ap

Nau Shu Taye


So they must have fired Ho Li Fuk, Wi Tu Lo, and Sum Tin Wong,
 
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