|By Fuat Kircaali||
|November 26, 2009 07:30 PM EST||
"A JetBlue Embraer ERJ-190, registration N279JB performing flight B6-904 from Chicago O'Hare, IL to New York JFK, NY (USA) with 64 passengers and 4 crew, was on final visual approach to JFK's runway 31R descending through 2000 feet, when the crew reported they needed to abort the approach due to a slat/flap indication.
The airplane climbed back up to 3000 feet and was vectored to allow the crew troubleshoot the problem. The crew requested the longer runway 31L and advised, their approach speed would be "a little bit higher" and requested the emergency services on standby and subsequently declared emergency due to an abnormal flaps indication. The airplane landed safely on runway 31L 25 minutes after aborting the first approach and taxied to the apron."
I was in this JetBlue flight from Chicago to JFK on Saturday. When the pilot made a not so very clear announcement during our final approach to JFK and said "we have our indication light on, we will make another announcement later" I did not like the tone of his voice, we aborted the landing and circled over the water for half hour. During that time I first moved by an emergency exit over the wings. When the pilot said "it will be a fast landing and don't panic when you see fire trucks and emergency vehicles outside" then I moved to the last row in the plane and sat with three pilots. From our seat we could see both wings were completely jammed and in closed position as we touched down.
My JetBlue boarding pass as I walk to the gate in Chicago's O"hare International Airport, on Saturday, November 21, 2009.
I am on a JetBlue flight on average at least once a week. The next day, last Sunday, I took another JetBlue flight to Ft Lauderdale, Florida to spend the Thanksgiving holiday at home.
I guess these things happen. The reason I decided to mention this incident after "The Aviation Herald" report and highlight my experience in this blog entry is to get the attention of the commercial airline industry.
Do this type of aircraft have a history of similar problems? I don't know. All I know is that after a scary emergency landing, I gave our pilot a virtual hug while he was cleaning the plane on row 6, and getting ready for the next take off.
(Small Photo: Sitting on the last row with three traveling pilots during our "fast" landing experience on JetBlue flight B6-904 from Chicago O'Hare, IL to New York JFK)
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