Plane & Pilot
Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Fill ’Er Up

Make fuel management a priority

The controller then gave them a left turn to “heading three-three-zero; intercept three-zero-right localizer.” The flight crew acknowledged. They were subsequently cleared for the ILS approach to runway 30R and handed off to the tower. The flight crew checked in with the tower, were told to increase speed to 200 knots and were given a wake turbulence caution for a jet that was seven miles ahead of them.

At 6:48:45, the flight crew radioed, “Grand Aire one-seventy-nine…duh…we might have to go ahead and declare an emergency here.”

The tower controller replied, “Grand Aire one-seventy-nine, Saint Louis tower, roger. Continue. State the nature of the emergency.”

The flight crew stated, “Looks like we’re gonna be…uh…short of…uh…we…uh…we have to make this approach, one-seventy-nine.” The controller told them to continue.

At 6:49:17, the tower controller radioed, “Grand Aire one-seventy-nine…uh…give me the best speed you can to the airport. You’re cleared to land runway three-zero-right. Traffic on a three-mile final.” The flight crew acknowledged the landing clearance.

At 6:49:46, the tower controller radioed, “Grand Aire one-seventy-nine, you need to maintain…uh…2,100 feet and maintain 2,100 feet until you intercept the glideslope please. Low-altitude alert. Check your altitude immediately. Altimeter three-zero-two-niner.”

The flight crew replied, “But we lost both engines. We can’t. We have to make landing at sata…uh…anywhere, sir.”

The tower controller said, “Grand Aire one-seventy-nine, roger.”

At 6:50:34, the flight crew radioed, “Emergency, emergency. We’re going…uh…we’re going…bo landing…goin’ bo…landing…we’re going [unintelligible].”

The tower controller said, “Grand Aire one-seventy-nine, roger. We have equipment responding to your situation.”


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