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    Good design for compact retraction, aiding aerodynamics. Yup, you'd want to have the rotation complete well before touchdown...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toolmaker51 View Post
    Yup, you'd want to have the rotation complete well before touchdown...
    It is possible to land with the gear turned wrong way round...



    but most airports and all airlines do not recommend the practice.
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    Nice find. The pilot did a great job keeping that nose gear off the ground as long as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    Nice find. The pilot did a great job keeping that nose gear off the ground as long as possible.
    Yes he did. And I'll bet when the plane finally stopped, he exhaled longer than he'd ever done in his life. The cabin attendants had moved people and baggage to the rear of the plane to help keep the nose up. Still, it's testimony to the Airbus designers that that wheel strut didn't fold up and drop the nose onto the tarmac.
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    I almost knew it was LAX in the approach when they crossed a free way and industrial buildings, forgot to bring up the audio. But crash trucks are clearly marked.
    It may not be the Hudson River; but I vote entire crew into the Sullenberger Hall of Fame; Airbus deserves a nod too.
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    Kinda weird how good the footage is. The audio mentions "high definition camera" and "high definition picture". And then another news chopper crosses into the frame. I wonder if local TV keeps helicopters ready to go at LAX, anytime they hear something strange over air traffic control frequencies. And/or is the airport so large that they have some sort of observation helicopter ready to record these incidents for future analysis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    Kinda weird how good the footage is. The audio mentions "high definition camera" and "high definition picture". And then another news chopper crosses into the frame. I wonder if local TV keeps helicopters ready to go at LAX, anytime they hear something strange over air traffic control frequencies. And/or is the airport so large that they have some sort of observation helicopter ready to record these incidents for future analysis?
    LAX is the second busiest airport in the USA. I can see the approach path from my desk and, almost every time I look up, there are three or four airliners in a row coming in to land.

    Given its location, I wouldn't be surprised if all the major networks keep helos ready to fly there. From there they can quickly reach many of the potential hotspots in LaLaLand.


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