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Twice diverted flight slides off runway / UA878 739 N30401 Overran Runway @ Green Bay

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Old Feb 23, 18, 9:51 am
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Twice diverted flight slides off runway / UA878 739 N30401 Overran Runway @ Green Bay

Sounds like flight from hell...

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/twice-d...-in-green-bay/

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they must have had some real
nasty weather in Wisconsin last night. Running off the end of the runway seems to indicate very poor braking conditions. I wonder if the airport had any reports to share with pilots prior to landing.

I sometimes wonder about the longer 737 variants and how there’s less opportunity to flare due to
risk of tail strike.
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Wow, a 739. Who woulda thought?!
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More technical info on the flight, via the excellent Aviation Herald site: Incident: United B739 at Green Bay on Feb 23rd 2018, overran runway on landing
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More technical info on the flight, via the excellent Aviation Herald site: Incident: United B739 at Green Bay on Feb 23rd 2018, overran runway on landing
First comment on there is spot on "Double diversion, serious weather issues, long duty day, late night arrival, and an aircraft with a high approach speed". Freezing rain in Green Bay probably meant they were ice skating down the runway. Kudos to the pilots here.
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Kudos to the pilots and thank God there was space off the end of runway 06.
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thank God there was space off the end of runway 06.
Thank the FAA
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I understand the desire to get into an airport, but the incident could have been avoided by staying at the first diversion airport.

Yes, the pilots were able to prevent a crash, but in reality most of the landing ended up beyond the control of the flight crew. Could have been a much worse outcome.
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Higher landing speed on 739s

Originally Posted by tryathlete View Post
they must have had some real
nasty weather in Wisconsin last night. Running off the end of the runway seems to indicate very poor braking conditions. I wonder if the airport had any reports to share with pilots prior to landing.

I sometimes wonder about the longer 737 variants and how there’s less opportunity to flare due to
risk of tail strike.
You are correct - 737-900s are longer to fit more passengers, which in turn limits the amount of flare, which in turn increases the landing speed. Which in this case caused a problem. But I agree 1,000% that United could have prevented this with better rules... pilot fatigue must have been a factor and the plane probably never should have taken off the second time that night. But kudos to the crew for keeping it together under difficult circumstances in the end.
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Originally Posted by wzrdjr1 View Post
pilot fatigue must have been a factor
You know that how?

Originally Posted by wzrdjr1 View Post
United could have prevented this with better .....the plane probably never should have taken off the second time that night.
​​​​​​​on what basis do you say that?
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