When United Airlines flight needed runway, grounds crew couldn't clear it in time

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  1. sobore
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    While the pilots of United Airlines Flight 497 and air traffic controllers were struggling to get the disabled jet back to Louis Armstrong International Airport, another desperate effort was under way on the ground.

    The pilots had radioed for permission to touch down on Armstrong's longest runway, the 10,000-foot east-west strip. In a cockpit filling with smoke and steadily losing instrumentation, they sought as much room as possible to land an Airbus A320 carrying 106 people and 16 tons of fuel.
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    I had listened to the audio linked to in the original posting about this incident, and I too was quite disturbed by how long it took them to clear that runway. I know they needed to ensure the runway was safe to use, but it did seem to take a really long time.
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