OK I promise you all this will be my last Sunday griping about CRJ200s. Well, unless something like the below happens to me. After I shared what happened on Sharlet’s never ending broken Delta CRJ200 jets flight from Detroit to South Bend another reader sent me one from the Avheral.com that I was told I had to check out.
“A Skywest Canadair CRJ-200 on behalf of Delta Airlines, registration N455CA performing flight OO-4896/DL-4896 from Detroit, MI to Kalamazoo, MI (USA) with 49 people on board, was on final approach to Kalamazoo when the crew initiated a go around due to a gear indication. The crew decided to divert to Lansing, MI (USA) and climbed to 3000 feet. Lansing Airport prepared for a low approach to inspect the landing gear from the ground. The aircraft performed a low approach to runway 28L advising Kalamazoo had already advised the gear appeared to be down, however, they wanted another check. Following the low approach tower advised “if nothing changes between now and landing I can say with certainty the landing gear is down”. The aircraft positioned for another approach and landed safely on Lansing’s runway 28L about 30 minutes after the first go around at Kalamazoo.” – Avherald.com
Yikes. A go around really is no big deal. I am sure most readers have experienced that at least once in your lifetime. I had one at tree top level coming into Gothenburg, Sweden that got my full attention but all was AOK on the second attempt. In fact, I don’t think I have ever experienced two aborted landings in a row ever and we are talking thousands of landings all over the world.
But to next have to divert to another airport and do a “low approach” for someone on the ground to look up and see if the landing gear really was down would be a totally different event. I have to admit I would be scared out of my wits until the jet rolled out and stopped.
And this brings us to today’s post. Why not scare us all a little bit today. Have you ever lived though a terrifying flight? Did you ever have to divert to another airport (and were stuck there)? Have you ever lived an event so scary that you considered not flying again? I think I really want to know! – René