Thursday, April 05, 2007

Making trails in the sky

I was working from home today and I noticed this plane flying towards me and then turn suddenly onto a new heading. Then the phone rang and when I looked back out the window, I had noticed that the plane was doing a 180 and clearly returning from wherever it had come from. I've never seen that happen before, so I snapped a pic on the camera and thought I'd share it with you all.
Something is clearly wrong that has necessitated them having to turn right around, I only hope it wasn't too serious and that they've all landed safely.


PH-ABB said...

Hi Claython,

Real nice picture. I agree...this isn't normal procedure at that flightlevel! Maybe it has got something to do with the bump in the contrail a few minutes before the right turn started. The rest of the contrail is as straight as a ruler so this bump shouldn't be there. I wonder what happened but....we will never know!

Happy Landings


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Anonymous said...

Hé Clayton,

Don't where the picture was made, but could it have been a visual approach on Schiphol? Big jets also fly downwind.

@Frank, I think the bump was caused by the plane passing. There are 2 contrails with the same bump.

CMP said...

It was taken South of runway 06, so he wouldn't have been turning downwind for anything. This was definitely someone doing a 180 and heading back from whence they came.