Race against time (ICAO test film old)

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Published on November 15, 2016 by Donatas

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Of course, competition has become very intense
a lot of pressure on the dispatchers, pilots,

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flight attendants and, basically, the hole
infrastructure to accomplish

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the mission and make a dollar.

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Every effort is made to ensure that nothing disrupts these fragile schedules.

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But there is one variable that
no airline can control the weather.

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The southern states of America are especially prone to severe weather,

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where storms not only cause delays but pose
extreme dangers to commercial jets.

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Delays, scheduling problems and fears thunderstorms
would all conspire to turn routine flight

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into terrifying race against time.

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On June 1st 1999 American airlines flight
1420 is running late.

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The movement of the storm, there everything
is sliding to the south-east.

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So, yes, we do have a stormy evening headed
our way.

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The delay of flight 1420 put pressure on the
pilots even before take off.

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The responsibility can fall on flight crews
to keep a tight schedule on track.

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Crews have strict legal limits on their duty
time.

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The first officer warned the dispatcher that
they were in danger of running out of time.

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The flight had to take off within the next
hour or be canceled.

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And the pilots also became aware of another
pressure caused by deteriorating weather near

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their destination.

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Pilots had a weather briefing that they got
before they departed Dallas-Fort Worth which

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provided before forecast, the weather alerts.

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The dispatcher and the captain preparing for
the flight looked at the weather information

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and thought that could get to Little Rock
before the thunderstorm impact it.

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The 139 passengers just wanted to get home.

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I was traveling with my son and my daughter.

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We were coming home from a vacation.

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It was my daughter’s first flight the plane
was late and there were a lot of delays of course.

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It was tiring, it was frustrating, it was
late at night.

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They soon began to sense that the flight 1420 was racing against the weather.

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As they called for us to board
the plane they wanted us

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there and just get on really quickly, just
get on, sit down,

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put your seat belt on, we are going.

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They did mention that there was
bad weather between us and Little Rock.

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They wanted to get ahead of the bad weather coming in a Little Rock.

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Finally, over two hours behind schedule flight 1420 leaves Dallas.

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