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I've had this happen for urgent situations, where it's important to land quickly even though nothing is wrong with the plane. One time: there was a strange rattling noise coming from the cargo area. We made an unplanned landing in a different country so they could investigate. It turns out some type of hose had come loose, nothing dangerous. If there's a ...


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lots of stuff rolled to the front This is a sad but common indicator of how ignorant your fellow passengers were. Because most people have understandable concerns about being a mile up in a tin can, airlines make the interior feel "homely" and safe. As a result, people treat it as if they were sat in their armchair at home. They aren't, and this ...


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The economics of descent planning Normally the pilot wants to descent in an economic manner and also try to keep passenger comfort in mind. Let's start with the "economic" descent: An airplane will generally consume least fuel per distance at its "optimum cruising altitude". The exact altitude is dependent on the type of plane, the wind ...


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Nothing out of the ordinary here. You probably arrived at the airport a little bit earlier because ATC allowed your plane to go directly to the runway instead of taking a longer route (as confirmed by the radar data from FlightRadar24). It was probably a quiet moment at the airport and there was no need for your plane to fly to the back of a queue. Since you ...


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According to FlightRadar24 here: at one point your flight was descending at more than 4000 feet per minute. This is a bit faster than usual, especially for the (relatively) low altitude you were at at the time. However, that is still well within the normal safe flying capabilities of the 737. In an emergency, when the plane needs to get down fast, they will ...


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