Date: 05 Oct 98 00:27:12 From: Roger & Helen Llewellyn <email@example.com> Organization: Singapore Telecommunications Ltd References: 1 2 3
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JF Mezei wrote: > I noticed that in the transcript, initial clearance was given to 29k > feet. Perhaps a lower clearance should have been given encouraging > the plane to start to loose altitude as quickly as possible so that it > can get decent altitude by the time they get close to Halifax. As i understand it when the diversion request was made the a/c was only 70 nms from Halifax. This indeed would make it quite an elevator ride to sea level to land. Other questions might be : weight of a/c, length of rwy avail, if he was too heavy for a landing on the avail rwy then extra track miles to make the descent more comfortable whilst at the same time reducing the weight by jettisoning highly inflamable fuel seems like a good idea. you might like to know that even in good conditions it is no easy task for anyone to arrive at a totally unplanned and unfamiliar destination in the middle of the night in a heavy modern jet airliner. as for giving a lower clearance to encourage the plane to lose height - i think it is safe to assume the guys on the flight deck knew more about the incident than ATC !