Odd flight arrival to SJC around 7:45PM pacific


#1

Saw an MD80 (I think) come in to land but unlike almost all of the traffic coming in to land at SJC it came in heading west and made a hard turn to the north to get into the pattern and then seemed to zig-zag a bit back and forth. Happened right over downtown SJC which is only about 2 miles out from the runway.

Didn’t find any interesting info, anyone know what this was or could have been?

  • Andy

#2

What it a Citation? If so it might have been Fivestar 305.
flightaware.com/live/flight/FIV3 … /KCVO/KSJC

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#3

S-turns on final to make space?


#4

Bit of a difference from an MD-80, no? :wink:


#5

You would prefer a bunch of B733s, no? :wink:


#6

Might have been American Airlines, couldn’t tell in the dark. Pretty sure it was an MD80, could have been a smaller 2-engine like an embraer, but I doubt it.

Could be S-turns, just haven’t seen any other flights in weeks doing anything but a straight approach from miles out and this was a rapid turn right into the last part of the landing pattern.


#7

I noticed this aircraft on the ramp in Pocatello this morning. Check out their track to Aspen.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/FIV305/history/20061014/1605Z/KPIH/KASE