Date: 01 Nov 97 18:55:50 From: jf mezei <"[non-spam]jfmezei"@videotron.ca> Organization: VTL Followups: 1 2 3
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On saterday afternoon, (Nov 1), at about 16:15 EST, I was riding my bike through the community of Hudson, some 25km west of Dorval airport. (Montreal - YUL). I started to hear a buzz above/behind me and thought it was an ultra-light plane coming behind me. Obviously I had misjudged its distance because it didn't overtake me. Then, some folks on the sidewalk stopped walking and looked up. I stopped cycling and looked up. Well, I had definitely misjudged the flying object. It was in fact (most probably) a DC-9 on approach to YUL. (Easterly winds means that planes made direct approaches from the west instead of the most usual "go to east end of Montreal, u-turn and land at Dorval"). There wasn't anything special in the appearance of the plane (as viewed from the ground) but the sound was definitely VERY different than that of a jet and also louder than other planes that followed in that approach path. Was this just a weather anomaly which caused the sounds to be so different ? Is this a normal sound for DC-9s that have been huskitted ? (sounds like a ultra-light buzz instead of a jet whirl). Or did I witness a plane with engines that were having problems ? Is this common?