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Old 24th Sep 2014, 15:02
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AKAAB
 
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Agreed. The ability to stop the plane was not in doubt (landing distances are not predicated on thrust reversers.) The immediacy of the problem - engine failure with fire that took longer than expected to extinguish and smoke in the cabin - made LGB a viable option.

Also, looking at the flight track, they were already on a wide downwind and would have required a time-consuming course reversal and vectoring to get to LAX. They made the right choice to get it on the ground ASAP.

BTW - who here would not use the full 10,000ft of runway in an emergency?
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