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“Conflict on Runway” at Washington’s Reagan Airport

BY JORGE BONILLA

 

(Javier Manjarres)

(Javier Manjarres)

En route to Washington, D.C., to attend CPAC, The Shark Tank’s very own Javier Manjarres survived a harrowing landing at Washington’sD.C. Reagan International airport, and lives to tell about it.

Per Javier the aircraft, a U.S. Airways Airbus A319 on Flight from Charlotte to D.C., was issued bad weather, low-ceiling, and turbulence warnings prior to approach at D.C. Reagan.  At exactly 11am on Tuesday morning, the plane was coming in over the Potomac, gear down, when all of a sudden, it abruptly begins to ascend.

The pilot comes on the intercom and cites “conflict on the runway” as the reason for the sudden course change.  Pressed further by Javier, the pilot helpfully clarifies what “conflict” was, which is to say, “…there was one plane on the runway and we were comin’ in, and there was not enough room for the two of us..”.  Well, allright, then.

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Listen closely at the end, and with a bit of back-of-the-napkin math you can figure that this pilot had almost no reaction time.  At a mile out and an approach of a few hundred miles an hour…figure a few seconds, at best.

I spoke to Javier immediately after he got off the flight, where he told me that the pilot did an excellent job in averting the other plane, and eventually landing the plane.

Lest anyone think this is sequester-doom-air-traffic-controller-layoff-related…well, allow me to retort. It’s happened before. Plus, the federal government spent $1.5 million to study lesbian weight gain.

In any case, The Shark Tank is pleased to report that Javier is alive and well, allegedly into a clean change of underwear, and ready to chronicle and bring us the goings-on at CPAC 2013.  We look forward to it.



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Jorge Bonilla

Jorge Bonilla is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress in Florida’s 9th Congressional District.

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  • Rodney

    Javier you are such a drama queen you ! What’s up with ZERO reporting on BREC elections ?

  • fb.

    been there done that. Africa. heavy fog, an announcement to begin preparations to land. stewardesses waling int he aisles. sudden warning to stewardesses, bam! there’s the ground and SCREEEECH theres the brakes. We come to an ungraceful stop.
    unforgettable. I give that one to God Almighty.

    Again, coming in for a landing somewhere U.S. – seat belts on, trays in position, descending, will be landing soon… when all of a sudden, the nose goes up and he gunns the engines like a teenager learning to merge on the highway. all breathing stops as we ascend for a good 15 seconds.
    He comes on and I forget the term, but we all knew there was another plane. Mid air on approach; THAT would have been pretty!

    Welcome to the club, Javier!

  • S.S. McDonald

    Such horse hockey. Is there such a shortage of valuable information that the author has to write such dirge?? Go-arounds are a way of life for airline pilots, not sudden jerk-the-airplane in order to make the pax wet their shorts. BAH! This was truly designed to be filler and mostly unacceptable reporting
    Eastern Airlines Capt. (ret.)

    • Isabella1709

      Good thing you are retired.

  • Walter Ward

    Please tell me how he asked the pilot to explain. It happens the time. Been there many times. Go by train if it bothers you but then it’s good info for a blog.

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