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« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2011, 04:02:05 PM »

Im a controller at dfw tracon. I was not at ork that day however i talked to the controllers that were there. The sups comments were unfortunate, however he understood the emergency as being a low fuel problem, meaning that the a/c had to get ob the ground as soon as possible. The a/c came in from the north east, normally if we are lnding to the south they ome in on a left base to R17C. We were laning to the north that day. If you measure the trak of the a/c from its position when it entered our airspace to the outermarker to R17C and R31R its approximately the same distance. By taking him to R31R he prevented the shutting down of the airport which includes all the arrivals that are in our airspace. The would have to have scrambled to put them in holding patterns and wait for the emergency to land. He new that but he unfortunately made that comment to fort wort center. Look at the dfw airport diagram and imagine an aircraft coming in from the northeast. The pilot was also able to land into the wind instead of a tailwind.
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« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2011, 10:01:11 PM »

Thread resurrection!

That still doesn't make it right. The pilot clearly understood that he would be landing in a tailwind. It would seem the CTR controller would have advised the TRACON of an emergency, since the pilot declared one. Low fuel is one thing, but when you actually declare an emergency because of it, it's another story. But for the pilot to have to request 17C twice and get something else twice is quite taboo in ATC handling of emergency situations. The last thing a pilot needs during an emergency is a SUP telling him to take another runway. There's a lot of stuff going on in that cockpit. Nobody cares about the landing configuration or what the briefing you received at the beginning of your shift said you were doing. Emergencies are #1 on the list of priorities, and then following are other aircraft and whatever they might be doing.

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