Category Archives: mishaps

Flights Get Too Close for Comfort at Bradley

Air traffic control at Bradley International cleared a commuter jet to land in the path of a departing flight last Friday, prompting someone in the control tower to drop a very audible f-bomb on the recently released audio.

I’ve had days like that.

The ExpressJet Embraer ERJ-135 (Flight 3822 out of Newark) was landing around 8 a.m. on May 17 as the US Airways Airbus A320 (Flight 1509 headed to Charlotte) took off on an intersecting runway. This is called a near miss, but it may not have been all that near. It appears the US Airways flight was already in the air as the ExpressJet flight landed, and it sounds as if air traffic controllers diverted the arriving jet to a taxiway before it reached the intersection with the other runway.

Still, it’s the kind of thing that gets the FAA up in your grill.

WVIT Channel 30 has a report and LiveATC.net has posted a lengthier excerpt of the audio on YouTube with the profanity transcribed and un-bleeped. I’m not judging. I say the same thing when I drop something on my foot.

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On the Wisdom of Running Away

My husband and I were staying at a very nice hotel in Boston last year (thank you, Priceline) when the power went out late at night.

The emergency lights came on and the phones were working, so we called the front desk. No worries, the desk clerk said, it was a scheduled test of the emergency generator. We should have been told about it at check-in but somebody forgot.

Reassured? Not entirely.

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Paying Attention To Hotel Fire Safety

Over the years, I’ve had to evacuate a hotel because of fire alarms at least three times that I can remember. None of those incidents involved a serious fire — the causes were along the lines of overheated coffeemakers —  but it might have made me think.

It didn’t, really. My fire safety precautions have consisted only of locating the stairways when I stay on a high floor and always having a small flashlight in my luggage.  I’ve never tried to find out when choosing or checking into a hotel whether it has sprinklers in the guest rooms. But after reading a recent Associated Press story on the subject, I’m going to pay a lot more attention to that detail.

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