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Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:24
Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:28
Aviation experts say that the pilot was wrong in initially identifying himself as only as “5912.” He should have identified himself as “United Airlines 5912.”
Prank calls to control towers are not that uncommon and the controllers may have thought this was one.
Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:35
It happens. Sometimes when flying, just after taking off, my plane's radio picks up calls over a different frequency, its annoying and confusing but hey gotta live with it.
That is correct, you use your full callsign unless tower has responded to you using a shorthand version. If they have, then you can use the shorthand version.
And then you have **** like this and kids who think shooting lasers into the cockpits of planes while they're on approach is funny..
Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:40
Still, the ATC should have taken it seriously. Even if there are many hoax, lives are at stake for the real one. And in a panic it is completely acceptable to not announce the full name. The controllers should be fired. Period.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 17:37