I am just an average passenger. Had a very scary experience last Monday evening. We attempted to land in Milwaukee in bad weather, nearly landed “seeing the runway” north to south, and then took back off, flew out over the lake; the pilots tried again south to north, only to nearly land “seeing the runway” and take off again–I was watching on flight aware. No explanation from the pilot until well after the second attempt and we were halfway out over Lake Michigan. (of course they were busy), never an explanation as to what occurred, just bad weather ( must have been wind sheer I assume) we diverted to Midway and landed, all clapped; a panicky passenger and family got off the plane, and we sat for a long time as we refueled and I guess basically all had data had to be reset as 4 people insisted on getting off without any of their luggage . We then flew back to MKE after weather passed, it was still bumpy, but we had a straight shot and landed 3 hours late.
My questions—if weather is so bad, aren’t there sensors or reports from other pilots as to conditions to avoid this risk? Why in this day and age would this occur? I’m glad for our pilots but why do they attempt to land when wind sheer information should be available? I understand weather can be unpredictable, but isn’t this to much of a risk?. Is is not a risk? Is an “unplanned go around” as you say, without risk in bad weather?
I don’t understand. Help.
IF and when I fly again, I will re book any of my future flights --if I see bad weather occurring at my destination. That was very scary, I literally was texting my kids I love them.
Also Flight aware didn’t show the return flight from Midway to MKE That’s a misnomer. Also no flight data after the expected landing time of 2230 We returned at 0130.