posted on May, 13 2019 @ 04:35 AM
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: mightmight
You don't roll trucks for comms out. Loss of comms isn't an emergency, and all indications right now are that they said they were returning, but
didn't declare an emergency until the transponder went to 7700 on final approach.
They had five minutes between 7700 and actually landing... more than enough time for a proper emergency response.
I don't know much about this stuff, but i would imagine a loss of comms doesn't trigger an immdiate return for an emergency landing. I would think the
aircraft would just turn into a holding partern to sort things out.
An immediate return without any further communication would suggest something more catastrophic going on with the aircraft and should lead to a full
scale emergency response in any case.
But that's hypothetical, apparently the pilots were in contact with the air traffic controller, just reported pan pan and said they had situation
under control. Very unfortunate.