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What Happened to American 957?

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Hello All,

 

 

Does anyone have any information as to what happened on board American 957 yesterday night? It would appear to be a normal problem that the crew returned to the airport because of, however the flight path (according to FlightAware) is highly erratic, especially around Miami - I'm not sure whether or not that was right after takeoff or on approach. Last night FlightRadar24 sent a notification saying the crew had squawked 7700, signalling a general emergency. I have attached an image of the flight plan. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

-abasa12

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It appears he was vectored back into the airport. The holding loop was just to get him into the pattern more than likely. So it more than likely wasn't a dire emergency. But you never know. Good catch, you must have been planning on flying that flight. Cpt. Out.

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however the flight path (according to FlightAware) is highly erratic, especially around Miami

 

I can't tell if that is departing or arriving. Even with a large emergency, an aircraft with a crew shouldn't be moving like it did just west of Miami.

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I can't tell if that is departing or arriving. Even with a large emergency, an aircraft with a crew shouldn't be moving like it did just west of Miami.

I reviewed the flight file, and the erratic turns were on final approach to Miami. This could just be a coincidence, but it seems to follow the water/river west of the airport. You should be able to download the Google Earth file and see for yourself.

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According to the top of the page that was a departure flight. KMIA/SCEL. That being said it does make you wonder what happened, to cause the turn around.

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Those zig-zag's west of KMIA appear to be S-Turns for either separation, or maybe they couldn't slow her down so they shallowed out the descent and done some s-turns to extend the distance to the threshold.

 

What was the descent profile to the threshold? Steep, shallow or flat? What was the speed profile?

 

Diego

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