Dunno... I downloaded it and it'll run a flash program. It's very good, and it didn't set my virus protection off at all; it's produced by FSI so it's legit, though the link is obviously from a 3rd party.
Yeah. The tower handled it very poorly in my opinion; she had a lost aircraft and was trying to get US2998 to depart so she wouldn't have to deal with it; great decision making by the PIC of the US2998; saved many, many lives.
I'm not sure why the UAL 757 didn't see the directional sign at the intersection for Bravo. I'm sure this is one of those situations where you had to be in the cockpit to understand fully just why the United jet was confused and made a wrong turn. That would really scare the hell out of me if I saw a 727 take off just in front of my nose!
Very, very interesting. Too bad the controller just wasn't getting that the United was on the active runway. If I were the captain, after having peed myself, I don't think I would have been nearly as polite about communicating that someone had just taken off right in front of me.
I wonder if infra-red binoculars would have helped the situation... is something like this being considered?
ya, thank god for pic principles. every new private student should have to watch that presentation to show them how important it is to understand that YOU are the one in control of that plane, not ATC.
Very chilling! Could have ended up really bad. Props to the USAir 2298 Captain for not accepting the take off clearance from the tower. The tower controller was letting the situation take control of her actions, vice her controlling the situation. It sounded as if the female pilot on the United 757 had more situational awareness and control than her counterpart in the cockpit. They were obviously able to see all signs from the runway, but why couldn't they see the ones on taxiway November? Were they taxing too fast for the conditions? Did they utilize the runway diagram on the approach plates? The other aircaft taxing around the field didn't have problems seeing the signs, especially the USAir flight that had just arrived, and used the same taxiways that the UAL 757 was to use. If they really couldn't see the signs, couldn't they have asked for a progressive taxi or a "follow me" truck.