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Damn, I was hoping for in-flight video!

 

Money talks I suppose, it's gotta be ever-present in those pilot's minds. Surprised they didn't receive 'feedback' from the cabin though!

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Damn, I was hoping for in-flight video!

So was I. Normally Jetstar pilots are quick to pull the plug, but on this occasion they decided to have a second go, I think your right though, economics of diverting would be in the forefront on the decision to have a second go, regardless of what panic was ensuing in the cabin.

As media have a tendency to embellish an event, it would be folly for me to say the Airbus crew made the wrong decision, as I was not on the flight, thankfully.

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Sure was a bit of a breeze today :O Tried in FSX with Activesky. Weather was 53 knots gusting 72 knots (300 Degrees) across RWY34. Managed to get the 146 on the ground, just !

 

Here is an oldie but a goody with a few bumps on the way into NZWN

 

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Damn, I was hoping for in-flight video!

Surprised they didn't receive 'feedback' from the cabin though!

 

In the form of vomit down the back of the pilot'd neck. Quite probably!

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Here is an oldie but a goody with a few bumps on the way into NZWN

 

They look like some of my landings on a calm day. :LMAO:

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Yeah, great video! I'd pay EXTRA to be on one of those!

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Keep in mind guys, that wind wasn't just going to be at the one airport, it was likely gonna be at many of the airports in the vicinity that they would have diverted to. The wind may have been straight down the runway in Wellington, but a fierce cross-wind at the alternates. I'm not familiar with Airports and weather in that region, so I can't really say...

 

Regards,

Ró.

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Keep in mind guys, that wind wasn't just going to be at the one airport, it was likely gonna be at many of the airports in the vicinity that they would have diverted to. The wind may have been straight down the runway in Wellington, but a fierce cross-wind at the alternates. I'm not familiar with Airports and weather in that region, so I can't really say...

 

Regards,

Ró.

 

This is true as the wind that day was pretty much nation wide. We went up skiing on Mount Ruapehu on the weekend and they didn't open due to the high winds either. So we wasted a lot of gas going up there for nothing.

 

Hi winds in Welly are nothing new and 2 attempts have happened before on a number of occassions. One of the ANZ pilots used to fly for the RAF making carrier landings in his millitary service. One of his landings he had the co-pilot try the first attempt and when he didn't make it he took over and landed it on the second attempt. When passengers asked him he said it was not a problem landing because at least the runway wasn't moving... :LMAO:

 

Wellington can get gusts over 100 km/h very regularly but the media here is always on a hunt for Jetstar negative press. No mention of the ANZ or Virgin aircraft landing here that same day.

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