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DHL Boeing 757 Crashes at San Jose, Costa RicaA DHL Boeing 757-200F freighter crashed at San Jose, Costa Rica. The aircraft a 22 year old Boeing 757-200 with registration HP-2010DAE departed San Jose, Costa Rica bound for Guatemala City, Guatemala... (www.aviationweekly.org) More...
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Nothing like a pilot who flies the airplane, and is funny.
Thank you. Your first sentence answers my question about the downwind landing!
Sounds like an Envoy operation!!
Good work by the crew. Good work by the firefighters. Good outcome, well, except for one less aircraft.
They fortunately seem to have come to rest right in front of the fire rescue service facility:
There probably wasn't anybody home at the ARFFS, because most, if not all, of the units were on the apron side of the airfield, which is on the other side of RWY 07/25, waiting for this plane to come in.
Hats off to that crew for sure, but time for my soapbox.
My (US 121 pax) outfit routinely dispatches us to single runway, mountainous terrain, Latin and South American destinations without a dispatch alternate because that fuel regulation is based solely on weather reports and forecasts. The damn TAF.
You can't forecast a runway closure for an accident or incident. Heck, this could have been a Cessna 210 with a gear up, and the result is the same.
A bunch of big planes getting stacked in the hold, with no ability to get an accurate EFC, without alternate fuel because the TAF was good. I have to assume this dispatch practice is universal amongst the US big 4, UPS, Fedex and all the lcc'S. How the heck the POI's approve this and sleep at night is beyond me.
Just last week I was number four in a stack of eight outside a single runway South American airport because an old cargo 72 tossed the number three engine after v1, closing the airport until the crew did a great job, landed overweight, and still cleared the runway at Bravo to the ramp and no one had to divert.
In the MROC case in the article, I bet everybody bailed to Liberia clogging up that approach controllers airspace, while in our case in last week, everyone in the stack was planning on bailing out to Barranquilla which is five feet away, or Medellin or Panama which definitely requires a bunch of fuel.
My irrational proposal is for once the FAA write a regulation in ink, rather than blood, using common sense requiring all international flights to single runway airports to require an alternate.
Yes, I used the words 'common sense" and "FAA" in the same sentence so I might as well hold my breath while waiting for Santa and the Easter Bunny to cost an airline $92 dollars in the weight of a little extra fuel.
Fortunately for me, I have no issues contacting my dispatcher and using my best CR Emmy voice to tell them how much fuel I'm adding. Sometimes, if they get butt hurt I'll get a Chief Pilot call and then have to file an ASAP but big deal. I just hope they don't make me drive to HQ and go Will Smith on their @ss.