Hope everyone is safe - UA497 ran off end of runway in MSY

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  1. Tinkerer
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    Flight from MSY to SFO returned to MSY after reporting smoke. I hope everyone is safe!

    More info here from local station
     
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    Hope everyone is okay... Glad to hear there were no major injuries...
     
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    This article seems to have a little more info:

    A319
    Only injuries reported to be minor ones, from the slide.

    Since there appears to be no serious injuries, the next question: do the passengers get the extra miles for the ride back to the airport?
     
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    They compensated you 10K miles for a weather delay, so I am guessing UA will compensate the 1Ks on that flight 30K miles?

    :D
     
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    Just hair dye to eliminate the new gray highlights and aloe vera for the worry lines :D
     
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    Nono, edited :)
     
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    Heh....good point.

    My (part sarcastic) question was whether the actual flight miles they did would earn them those miles. Didn't even think about the Customer Service miles.
     
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    Looked like an A320 to me on TV (two over-wing exits)

    In any case, seems like the crew did a great job getting the aircraft safely back to the airport.
     
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    Thanks for the correction.


    One of the reasons I like to fly United.
     
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    Next time someone says pilots are overpaid, play the ATC transcript from this event.
    The pilot was very much in control and focused. Outstanding job by all!
     
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    And they safely landed a plane with 32,000 pounds of fuel under distress and without instruments.
     
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    And I thought I was safe as long as I stayed away from the Southwest flights that have sun roofs!
     
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    I'm really glad this all ended well. Kudos to the crew for keeping everyone safe.

    Do they re-pack those slides? Or are they single-use and have to be fully replaced?
     
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    They have to be fully replaced... New door and everything... Not cheap, that is one of the big reason why B6 gave the FA, Steve who deployed the emergency slider, the boot...
     
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    Oh wow. I had no idea the door would have to be replaced as well. Small price to pay for safety though.
     
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    Incident begins at 11:35 into the recording. Very dramatic. The runway they wanted - 10 - was undergoing maintenance and they had to clear equipment from it; and the plane lost all instruments. They were actually vectored manually by AT controllers to runway 19.
     
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    The pilot is unbelievably calm for flying blind.
     
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    Definitely an A320 based on pics and local TV station reporting on the web.
     
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    Wow.
    Amazingly cool/calm.
    Kudos to the crew and ATC staff for getting the plane on the ground.
     
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    Wow I am listening to this ATC now...unbelievable.
    Great job to the flight crew.
     
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    From what I've read, the plane actually veered off the runway 2000 feet from the end because tires blew; it didn't overrun the runway.
     
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    Just glad everyone is safe...ouch on the cost of the replacement shoots and doors..
     
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    Yes, I see that on some video from a local TV station. I'll edit my previous post. In any case, it appears the pilot requested runway 10 first, as it is 10,000 feet long; because of equipment on that runway (it being out of service at the time), the plane ended up on the much shorter runway 19 (7,000 feet).

    Given only 7K feet of runway and supposedly failed electronics/avionics in the cockpit, I think the pilot did quite well in landing a fuel-loaded plane in only 5K feet. No wonder some tires blew!
     
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    hmmm tires cheap, planes expensive.
     
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