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When the Landing Gear is Down Mid Flight

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I’m inflight, about an hour from my destination, and the landing gear is already down…

airplane landing gearThis is a first for me. I took my last mileage run today to hit 125,000 elite qualifying miles on US Airways and everything was going well until this last leg, which has turned into a comedy of minor errors culminating in the pilot’s announcement (at least I hope it’s the last thing!).

The pilot, who did a great job of updating us throughout the delays, came on to let us know that we had too much fuel onboard and we had two options for landing in DC. We could circle for half an hour when we got there and risk making the curfew. Or we could fly with our landing gear down for a good long while.

They were choosing the latter which would result in additional noise, but we were assured, was perfectly safe and not all that unusual. Who knew?

It is a bit loud, but no worse than flying in a CRJ. Still feels a little surreal though, but that could just be 12+ hours of flights today…

What’s your strangest plane story?

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