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OnBaseMachine
04-30-2010, 08:50 PM
From C. Trent's website:


Things were fine until the plane encountered strong winds as it started its decent into St. Louis around 1:20 a.m. After a rough descent, the plane was attempting to land at Lambert International Airport when strong winds kept the plane from staying lined up with the runway.

The plane rocked back and forth as it lowered the ground when the pilot determined he couldn't safely land. Reds director of media relations Rob Butcher estimated that the plane was 30 feet from the ground when he heard the engines power up before the plane slowly climbed back into the air.

"It was the roughest flight I've ever been on," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "I heard some tough guys squealing in the back. Later I said, 'was that you?' and they were like 'that wasn't me man.' I said 'I know your voice.'"

As the plane circled around and prepared for a second attempt, several players sat nervously in their seats while others said a quick prayer.


full article:
http://cnati.com/cincinnati-reds/reds-have-rought-flight-to-st-louis-001878/

That's scary.

reds44
04-30-2010, 09:00 PM
I hate flying.

Blimpie
04-30-2010, 10:23 PM
I heard Dusty talking about this on the pre-game tonight. It sounded like a pretty gnarly experience by all accounts.

Phhhl
04-30-2010, 10:35 PM
If I had the talent of BJ Upton I could never be a major league player because I will never get on a plane again, after my own experiences and stories like this. I think about it every time I know the team is going on a road trip. Thank God they landed ok.

kaldaniels
05-01-2010, 02:42 AM
Ok...so who were the squealers? :D

Doesn't FSN travel on the plane, if so I'd start with Day and Piecero.

Roy Tucker
05-01-2010, 10:19 AM
Back in '82, there was a plane crash at Washington National where the plane crashed on takeoff into the Potomac River.

I took a flight into National about a week later. We went over the crash site on landing which was enough to give anyone the willies. But like the Reds flight, we were about 30 ft. above the runway when the pilot aborted the landing. Floorboarded the throttles and went up at a steep angle. Evidently, the runway wasn't completely clear and we got waved off. I got a good taste of what the cabin of a plane crashing would be like because about 3/4 of the passengers screamed and freaked out. It was pretty scary.

But I've flown a lot and it doesn't bother me. Bigger risk of getting killed driving to the airport than in the plane.

Tommyjohn25
05-01-2010, 10:47 AM
You know, I've always wondered, Heaven forbid the worst case scenario happened and a MLB team plane went down with no survivors, what would happen?

JaxRed
05-01-2010, 10:56 AM
They had this posted a while back. MLB has a contingency plan where the team that got killed gets to pick from a list of unprotected players from other teams.

kaldaniels
05-01-2010, 11:00 AM
George Constanza likes this thread.

Tommyjohn25
05-01-2010, 11:14 AM
They had this posted a while back. MLB has a contingency plan where the team that got killed gets to pick from a list of unprotected players from other teams.

Hmmm, I must've missed that. Thanks for the info, that would be horrible.

VR
05-01-2010, 11:25 AM
"I heard some tough guys squealing in the back. Later I said, 'was that you?' and they were like 'that wasn't me man.' I said 'I know your voice.'"

that is classic

Ghosts of 1990
05-01-2010, 01:38 PM
But I've flown a lot and it doesn't bother me. Bigger risk of getting killed driving to the airport than in the plane.

I hear it a lot, but I'll never agree with it.

Ghosts of 1990
05-01-2010, 01:39 PM
They had this posted a while back. MLB has a contingency plan where the team that got killed gets to pick from a list of unprotected players from other teams.

WOW :eek:

Can you even imagine?

Captain Hook
05-01-2010, 06:28 PM
WOW :eek:

Can you even imagine?

No and hopefully it never happens but......

I do wonder what kind of list would be provided as far as unprotected payers go.A team could really load up on prospects but would likely have a terrible MLB team for a long while.I certainly think that MLB would step in and do everything possible to make that team competitive as soon as possible.

Ghosts of 1990
05-01-2010, 06:54 PM
No and hopefully it never happens but......

I do wonder what kind of list would be provided as far as unprotected payers go.A team could really load up on prospects but would likely have a terrible MLB team for a long while.I certainly think that MLB would step in and do everything possible to make that team competitive as soon as possible.

It would be like the We Are Marshall football team

TeamBoone
05-01-2010, 11:32 PM
Back in '82, there was a plane crash at Washington National where the plane crashed on takeoff into the Potomac River.

I took a flight into National about a week later. We went over the crash site on landing which was enough to give anyone the willies. But like the Reds flight, we were about 30 ft. above the runway when the pilot aborted the landing. Floorboarded the throttles and went up at a steep angle. Evidently, the runway wasn't completely clear and we got waved off. I got a good taste of what the cabin of a plane crashing would be like because about 3/4 of the passengers screamed and freaked out. It was pretty scary.

But I've flown a lot and it doesn't bother me. Bigger risk of getting killed driving to the airport than in the plane.

I actually flew out of National earlier that same day!

Used to be one of the scariest airports to fly out of because of the steep bank they have to perform in order not to fly over the monuments.

Captain Hook
05-01-2010, 11:41 PM
It would be like the We Are Marshall football team

I don't think it would be nearly as bad for the teams future but it would be equally tragic.

thatcoolguy_22
05-02-2010, 09:45 AM
I'm an air traffic controller and see stuff like this almost weekly. You would be surprised how much a 15 knot crosswind can affect an aircraft as large as a 747.

I have been doing this job for 6 years this June and never seen an aircraft incident related to winds, it just very rarely happens (think a microburst on 3 mile final, most people do not even know what a microburst is for that matter and for one to happen anywhere within 3 miles on final or after departure would be needed to make an incident occur). Think of it this way, I have probably witnessed/monitored about 200 thousand approaches and never seen anything except the pilot go around and do it again. Also I might have seen a handful of times a pilot had to go around again after seeing the landing conditions first hand.


Flying is much safer than most people would think.

HeatherC1212
05-03-2010, 01:34 AM
I personally love flying but stories like this make me happy that I don't get to fly very often. I'm glad the guys landed safely and my bet for one of the 'manly' squealers is Jonny Gomes, LOL :laugh: