Having rode a bunch of DC8s back in the early 70s between Vietnam and the US, I'll never forget the approach we made into Tahn Sa Nhot airbase on my initial arrival in Vietnam. We were on one of the many charter airlines that contracted with DOD to transport military personnel back and forth between VN and US. About 20 min before arrival, the capt came on the PA and announced that the base was being shelled therefore we would be doing a non-standard approach.. To put it bluntly, it felt like riding in a runaway elevator. We dropped like a rock! I don't know what all was reversed in the air, or deployed, but damn.. that airplane lost a LOT of altitude in a VERY short time. About the time the plane looked like it was gonna crater in the rice paddy, engines went to full power and voila! there was the runway.. After a frantic thrust-reverse, we rolled off the runway into a sandbagged revetment and "evacuated" from the plane into a bunker next to the revetment.. Quite a scary way to be intro
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JetBlue Flight Apparently Lost TWO hydraulic systems
Heard about this on the local radio here in Las Vegas. I feel for the passengers, having to ride on a bucking roller-coaster for 4 hours waiting to burn off enough fuel to land..