I was offline most of the day and didn’t know about the emergency landing that was about to happen when I left the office near LAX this afternoon. When I was driving up the 110 I noticed a LOT of cops racing south, sirens blaring, and wondered what was up. Anyway, I got home and saw the landing on the news, and my god, what a perfect landing (you know, aside from the b0rked wheel and all).
But what I was really impressed with was the response of the firefighters and police. As b.la pal Brian Humphrey points out in the previous thread’s comments, what most people don’t know is exactly how many of these emergency runway standbys they handle every year. It turns out that they average about 217 annually. As someone who flies, on average, 30 round-trips from LAX a year, I am especially grateful for the professionalism and preparedness they demonstrated today. Thanks LAFD!