We live about two miles from Bradley International Airport (BDL). In addition to domestic airlines and cargo carriers, BDL is home to an Army Guard base, the Connecticut Air National Guard and a variety of private aircraft. Our location is normally in the landing path of the crosswind runway (33-15) used by general aviation, and cargo aircraft, and runway (1-19) which is used by private aircraft and some Army Guard aircraft.
Living in this flight path, we have become familiar with the sound of approaching aircraft. I should point out that The Editor is far more attuned to these sounds than I am. I long ago relegated these to the category of background noise – except for the C-130s and Chinook helicopters – there’s no not hearing those guys.
When something happens that causes those sounds to vary, we (yes, I mean The Editor) tend to notice. Twice last fall, a C-130 had to abort its takeoff and return to the airport, once for a fire in the cockpit and once for an engine failure. We noticed.
Two weeks ago, something seemed wrong in the skies above us. We (The Editor) checked into it (you can follow the tower communication) and found that the pilot of a private plane was having problems with the plane’s landing gear and was planning to make a “wheels up” landing on BDL’s longest runway. The planning, execution and aftermath of this landing caused traffic to back up and circle over the area.
Note: I waited this long to make sure that no one was hurt in this accident.
The day after the accident, I had to laugh as I read the article in the paper. An airport spokesperson described the accident and noted that runway 24 was closed into the evening as crews worked to remove the plane and clear the runway. He added:
“We’re not anticipating any further impact.”
Well yeah, I mean, with the wheels up, you only get one impact per plane.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. And, given the time of the year, it’s also part of Just-Jot-January. If you have a one-liner, I encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.