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Hkg-lax 192 engine shutdown after landing (Gate 41, 43 tow in)

Hkg-lax 192 engine shutdown after landing (Gate 41, 43 tow in)

Old May 2, 19, 8:31 pm
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Hkg-lax 192 engine shutdown after landing (Gate 41, 43 tow in)

Hello all, you guys always know how to find the info.

Was a normal flight coming into lax. The plane was late getting into hkg from dfw and the turn around was pretty quick to get us out a little delayed but made great time getting into lax.

Upon landing the captain came over the pa and said he was shutting both engines down and we would be towed in.

Any idea why? Just curious as I have never had this experience. Thanks.
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Old May 2, 19, 8:50 pm
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Originally Posted by wireless_999 View Post
Upon landing the captain came over the pa and said he was shutting both engines down and we would be towed in.

Any idea why? Just curious as I have never had this experience. Thanks.
No issue. LAX has some tow in gates (gates 41/43 are amongst the ones that require a tow in) because of the proximity to the terminal building and it's in a tight spot.
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Old May 2, 19, 9:14 pm
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Happened to us last year on a SYD-LAX flight. Captain told us that he would shut down the engines and wait for a tug to tow us into the gate. We had landed around 30 mins early, but it took 45 mins for the tug to show up!
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Old May 2, 19, 11:32 pm
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No issue. Gates 41 and 43 are always tow-in gates for widebody aircraft due to the geometry of the apron and the terminal in that area.
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Old May 3, 19, 3:57 am
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Thank you all!

Thanks guys! You guys always have the answers!
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Old May 3, 19, 6:33 am
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Originally Posted by wireless_999 View Post
Hello all, you guys always know how to find the info.

Was a normal flight coming into lax. The plane was late getting into hkg from dfw and the turn around was pretty quick to get us out a little delayed but made great time getting into lax.

Upon landing the captain came over the pa and said he was shutting both engines down and we would be towed in.

Any idea why? Just curious as I have never had this experience. Thanks.
What I find interesting is it would only take 1 more sentence to let the pax know this was normal and due to the tight space/proximity to terminal.
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Old May 3, 19, 6:51 am
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Originally Posted by chfenton View Post
What I find interesting is it would only take 1 more sentence to let the pax know this was normal and due to the tight space/proximity to terminal.
Curse of knowledge. To him it was routine and the implications were known. Being removed from the passenger perspective, it probably never crossed his mind that the passengers would perceive this as something other than one of several normal modes of operation.

This is a common issue in any communication between parties with different levels of subject matter proficiency (sometimes with very bad results, see pretty much any space flight disaster).
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Old May 3, 19, 9:57 am
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maybe it was to save fuel
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Old May 3, 19, 10:27 am
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I was on that flight, didn't even think twice about it haha, just thought it was normal to be towed in

I thought the flight was going to be delayed even more but they did a really quick turnaround

One thing I observed after landing was how many wheelchairs there were waiting outside... Not sure if that is normal
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Old May 3, 19, 12:35 pm
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It’s common at TBIT as well. Aircraft are moved into a dock as well as pushed back using tugs instead of engine power. While the engines are off, power is provided by the APU, the aircraft’s auxiliary power unit.
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Old May 3, 19, 1:46 pm
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"Hkg-lax 192 engine shutdown after landing" - Not a problem
Hkg-lax 192 engine shutdown before landing - Problem
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Old May 3, 19, 2:25 pm
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I am often on the DFW-LAX flight and get towed in. Sometimes it is right away and it only takes an extra 5 minutes, other times it take 10 minutes before the tug hooks up. One time the pilot came on the speaker and said "We are stopping our engines and getting towed into the gate. This is because this gate was designed for a DC6."
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Old May 3, 19, 11:37 pm
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Originally Posted by mvoight View Post
"Hkg-lax 192 engine shutdown after landing" - Not a problem
Hkg-lax 192 engine shutdown before landing - Problem
It always takes longer to get there and land with one engine. That must mean if both engines go out, they never come down. That’s scary!
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Old May 4, 19, 1:18 am
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post
It always takes longer to get there and land with one engine. That must mean if both engines go out, they never come down. That’s scary!
A bit like choosing between NYC 1939 and prehistoric times as in "The Odyssey of Flight 33" (Twilight Zone, Season 2 Ep 18, Feb 24, 1961)
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