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Flight carrying congress members makes emergency Landing

Flight carrying congress members makes emergency Landing

 
Old Jul 22, 08, 8:17 pm
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Hope they get everything sorted out. pda.co.com/info tells me that's my plane (#720) tomorrow morning.
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Old Jul 22, 08, 8:30 pm
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Originally Posted by GeneDoc View Post
From FL390 at 2:49p to 10,400 ft at 3:03p. Fourteen minutes to descend almost 30,000 feet sounds pretty fast to me.
I disagree. That's just a little faster than normal descend. Often if there's no traffic, you get from 380/390 cruise to ground in about 25 minutes.

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Old Jul 22, 08, 8:40 pm
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Originally Posted by rkkwan View Post
I disagree. That's a littel faster than normal descend. Often if there's no traffic, you get from 380/390 cruise to ground in about 25 minutes.
I wasn't clear. Pretty fast, but not an emergency descent.
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Old Jul 22, 08, 8:40 pm
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Originally Posted by mk1 View Post
Hope they get everything sorted out. pda.co.com/info tells me that's my plane (#720) tomorrow morning.
It appears that #729 is the one with the problem; #720 is going to play the reliever and take everyone to DCA about, oh, 10 minutes ago?
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Old Jul 22, 08, 8:56 pm
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Originally Posted by das126 View Post
It appears that #729 is the one with the problem; #720 is going to play the reliever and take everyone to DCA about, oh, 10 minutes ago?
I stand corrected. I wonder if anyone was able to take a quick ride over to the French Quarter to enjoy a drink or two while the replacement aircraft was on its way
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Old Jul 22, 08, 10:49 pm
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Originally Posted by climmy View Post
I love the way they report that:

"...after it lost cabin pressure and took a major nosedive..."

How about it took a major nosedive BECAUSE of the loss in cabin pressure. Std op procedure...Gear out and steep descent to 10,000 feet. Trained for all the time.
Am I missing something? Isn't the "nose" fairly superfluous here? Have planes begun diving with something other than the nose leading the way lately? But yes, "rapid descent" would have been much better here.

This goes along with something said in the "downgraded on paid F" thread, where the concierge told a BF pax that the back of the plane gets there at the same time as the front. Until they start flying sideways, no it doesn't.

FWIW (and back on topic), Nick Lampson told his staffer that the O2 masks did deploy, but that everything went smoothly:
Trevor Kincaid, a spokesman for passenger and Rep. Nick Lampson, said his boss told him "there was absolutely no panic on the plane." Lampson told Kincaid the plane's oxygen masks dropped down.

"Continental Airline's personnel and staff were exceptional; executing what seemed to me a textbook performance in emergency procedure. I was very impressed," Lampson said in a release.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...l?hpid=topnews
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Old Jul 22, 08, 10:53 pm
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Originally Posted by LukeSkywaiter View Post
Wow... I would love to be the F/A she screamed at regarding a seafood special on a route where specials aren't offered, so I could throw her off the plane. Respect is a two way street, and no one, regardless of income, public status, occupation, etc, has the right to treat another human being in the way that that article describes, and the way that many of my colleagues have described Lee's behavior. America is a democracy, and there are no queens... well, other than a few of my dear F/A friends, haha.
And SJL is worthy of no respect, IMHO.
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Old Jul 22, 08, 10:57 pm
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Originally Posted by PhlyingRPh View Post
Fair enough. But wouldn't the former be considered "major" enough for Mr. & Mrs. Kettle to pooh themselves?
Not really. The trailer kettle folk are more likely to defecate from the masks dropping.

doobierw, in the "fat boys" we didn't roll and pull 5 g's though I have seen the Dash 80 roll pics.

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Old Jul 22, 08, 10:57 pm
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Flight Information & Status Results
Continental Flight: 458
Departure Date: Jul 22, 2008
Status: In Flight - Estimated To Arrive 7 hours 22 Minutes Late, Diverted To New Orleans, LA (MSY)

Departed:
New Orleans, LA (MSY)
Scheduled: 4:00 PM
Actual: 9:03 PM
Gate: Not Assigned
Check-in: West Terminal

Arrives:
Washington, DC (DCA - National)
Scheduled: 5:14 PM
Estimated: 12:36 AM (Jul 23)
Gate: 14
Bag Claim/Arrivals: Terminal B

Aircraft: Boeing 737-700 aircraft #720
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Old Jul 22, 08, 11:00 pm
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Having recently been on a "rapid descent" flight (for a medical emergency) I can say that it's definitely noticeable. I'm sure it's only a bit faster in absolute terms, but you definitely feel it and it would certainly be a bit disconcerting if you didn't know the reason. In this particular case, I'd think it would have been pretty scary, even if obviously they were never in any real danger.
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Old Jul 23, 08, 4:12 am
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I would be curious to see how they end up voting on the aviation safety bill after this situation
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Old Jul 23, 08, 11:31 am
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The story I read had effusive praise for the CO crew as being unbelievably good in this situation, professional to a fauly, always calm and in control. I would think that this would be more of a topic of discussion--members of congress were on the plane and a spokesman for one of them went out of their way to praise CO and its people.

COInsider, please relay *THIS* frequent flyers' congratulations to the CO team for getting great press in a month of nothing but negative news for the industry!

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Old Jul 23, 08, 12:41 pm
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Heard Ted Poe on KSEV (AM 700) this morning. He also said everybody was calm, and very quiet - though with the masks on, it was hard not to be quiet. The descend was definitely significantly steeper than normal and they all felt it.
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Old Jul 23, 08, 2:25 pm
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Members of Congress being quiet....so that's what it takes. Stick them in a plummeting airliner.
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