SMS used to land plane
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In what could be a world first, an air-traffic controller (ATC) in Ireland has used text messaging to successfully bring home a stricken plane.
According to a report by the Irish Times, the ATC relayed landing instructions to the pilot of an aircraft that lost all electrical power shortly after taking off from Kerry, southwest Ireland.
The power failure forced the pilot to lower the twin-engined Piper plane’s landing gear manually. He then had to perform a fly-by of Cork airport's control tower, after which the ATC texted the pilot to let him know the wheels were successfully down.
Air accident investigator John Hughes praised the “proactive initiative of the ATC controller" who, "on realising that mobile audio communication from the pilot was intermittent, quickly switched to texting his instructions instead”.
@ Anonymous Coward
"Why not use the phone to talk to each other? Wouldn't that be better and easier than texting?"
Why???? Because the mobile voice communication was intermittant Dick Head!!!! Try reading the article properly first before commenting, then you might understand it.
ATC and TXT... RTFM....
Not even the Reg is that trustworthy, certainly not the Irish Times... so read the whole story here.
It was more complex than it seems, power out was intermittent, gear down was not obvious, weather was poor.....
@M A R Heald
Yes....the tower can see better...of course the tower can see better. Who can see if your car lights are on better...you? or the guy outside on the pavement as you go past?
Also..during problems such as those described and with a mechanical gear lowering..i would say that even if he got three green gear lights on his panel then he'd be an idiot not to do a fly past for visual confirmation from tower.
Read the article..then think carefully if you even know what youre talking about...THEN comment..otherwise you end up looking like a Heald.