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21 September 2005 @ 10:59 pm

JetBlue Airways Flight 292 on television station KCAL.

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On September 21, 2005, JetBlue Airways Flight 292 carrying 139 passengers and 6 crew, which departed from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California at 3:17pm PST (UTC-8) scheduled to arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport, experienced a nose gear malfunction which forced it to make an emergency landing. Currently it is burning fuel and planning to make a landing at Los Angeles International Airport. At 6:20, it came to a stop without incident on runway 25L. Passengers began to depart almost 7 minutes later.

The nose gear of the plane, though down and locked, was found tilted 90 degrees to the left. Air traffic controllers told the pilots of the problem and indicated to them to prepare for an emergency landing.

Agence France-Presse reported the aircraft flew low over Long Beach airport to allow officials to take stock of the damage to its landing gear before attempting a possibly-dangerous landing. Emergency services and fire engines were standing by on the tarmac ahead of the landing. The Airbus can carry up to 156 passengers, was diverted back to the Los Angeles area shortly after setting out on its 5000km transcontinental journey. Local news reports said the pilot was dumping the load of fuel intended for the five-hour journey before attempting to land in order to lower the risk of fire. An aviation expert, Barry Shiff, told the local KCAL-TV television station that the wheels could either straighten on landing or snap off the front landing gear. But he said it was unlikely that the stomach-churning emergency landing would pose a major threat to the passengers and crew on board.

This aircraft is an Airbus A320-232, N536JB, named Canyon Blue built in 2002.

JetBlue Airways has live in-flight entertainment provided by DirecTV, however passengers reported that the in-flight television had been switched off for the duration of the flight.

I would like to thank Wikipedia for all the above information
 
 
21 September 2005 @ 10:59 pm
The Following information is collected from Wikipedia as the strom closes in on american soil.

Evacuations



* Mandatory evacuations are in effect for:
o Cameron Parish in Louisiana
o Aransas, Calhoun, Jackson, Kleberg, Refugio, San Patricio counties in Texas
o The cities of Corpus Christi and Port Aransas in Nueces County, Texas
o Southern two-thirds of Matagorda County, Texas
o Zone A of Harris County, Texas
o Zone A of Galveston County, Texas
o Zone A of Brazoria County, Texas

Scheduled to take effect September 22:

* At 2 am CDT (0700 UTC):
o Zone B of Galveston and Brazoria Counties
* At 6 am CDT (1100 UTC):
o Zone C of Galveston and Brazoria Counties
o Zones B and C of Harris County
o Sabine Pass, Texas
* At 8am CDT (1300 UTC):
o Victoria County, Texas
* At 10am CDT (1500 UTC):
o Goliad County, Texas

Preparations and Risk


Louisiana


Rita's approach changed New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin's plans to begin reopening the city on Monday, September 19. [4] The plan had already come under heavy criticism from federal officials, and Nagin reversed his decision while Rita was still a tropical storm near the Florida Keys. Instead, a re-evacuation of the city was initiated on Wednesday, September 21. Even though Rita's forecast track keeps the center of circulation well to the south and west of New Orleans, even a glancing strike could be extremely deleterious as the Army Corps of Engineers estimates that as little as six inches of rain (a small amount for a typical tropical system) could overwhelm the fragile levee system as repairs continue. [5]

In addition, residents of Cameron Parish, and residents of Calcasieu Parish south of Interstate 10 were told to evacuate.

Texas

Hurricane Rita has caused some worry as current forecasts predict a close landfall as a major storm by Houston, Texas. Houston has four major bayous passing through the city: Buffalo Bayou, which runs into downtown; Brays Bayou, which runs along the Texas Medical Center; White Oak Bayou, which runs through the Heights and near the northwest area; and Sims Bayou, which runs through the south of Houston and downtown Houston, merging into the Houston Ship Channel. The ship channel goes past Galveston and into the Gulf of Mexico.

Most of Houston is flat, making flooding an increasing problem for its residents. The city stands about 50 feet (15 m) above sea level; the Houston Heights area has the highest elevation in the city. In 2001 significant portions of the city were flooded by a comparatively weak Tropical Storm Allison that stalled over the city, dropping over 30 inches (750 mm) of rain on some parts of the city.

Concerns have been raised over the state of the oil industry in response to Rita. The storm threatens a large amount of oil infrastructure that was left undamaged by Katrina. The Texas gulf coast is home to 23% of the United States' refining capacity, and numerous offshore production platforms are potentially in Rita's path. While no potential storm path would threaten all of the capacity at once, a direct strike on Houston could disable up to 8% of the nation's refining capacity. Valero Energy Corp, the nation's largest refiner, stated on Sept. 21st that Rita could cause gasoline prices to rise above $3 per gallon. Currently, landfall is expected further south along the Gulf Coast.
 
 
21 September 2005 @ 10:57 pm
The following imformation is from the wikipedia

Hurricane Rita as of Sept. 21th


Current Status
at time of posting


As of 4 pm CDT September 21 (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Rita was located about 600 miles east-southeast of Galveston, Texas and about 700 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas. Rita is a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, with maximum sustained winds of 165 mph (265 km/h) and a minimum central pressure of 26.518 inches (898 mbar). Rita is moving west at 13 mph (21 km/h). An Air Force Reserve Unit Reconnaissance Aircraft reported at 6:50 CDT (2350 UTC) that Rita's central pressure was 26.518 inches (898 mbar), making it the 3rd most intense Atlantic hurricane on record, behind Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 and the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935.

Rita is forecasted to maintain Category 4 or 5 intensity before a possible final landfall, most likely on the Texas or Louisiana coast as a major hurricane. This has prompted New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin to suspend re-entry to the city. However, the hurricane is now expected to miss the city. The forecast models are clustered tightly, with landfall expected along the Texas coast. Should Rita make landfall in Texas, it could rival Hurricane Carla and the Indianola Hurricane of 1886 as the most intense storm ever to strike Texas.

Other Information


Hurricane Rita is the seventeenth named storm, ninth hurricane, fifth major hurricane, and second Category 5 hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm has already struck Florida and Cuba, and currently threatens Texas and Louisiana. The system reached Category 5 strength on the afternoon of September 21, 2005, the second storm of the season to do so (the other being Hurricane Katrina) and is expected to make landfall sometime on September 24, between Galveston and Corpus Christi in Texas. Rita is already the third most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin, as it currently has a central pressure of 26.518 inches (898 mbar), and further strengthening is possible. If Rita maintains its current intensity, it will be the second most intense storm to make landfall in the U.S. (only the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, which struck Florida, was more intense at 26.340 inches (892 mbar)).

This is only the second time since 1953 (when alphabetical naming of hurricanes began) that as many as seventeen storms have been recorded in an Atlantic hurricane season, reaching the letter "R" in the naming sequence. The only prior seventeenth storm since 1953 was Hurricane Roxanne in 1995.

It also marks only the third time in recorded history that there have been two Category 5 hurricanes in a single season; it had previously only happened in the 1960 and 1961 seasons. If Rita makes landfall in the United States as a Category 5 hurricane it will become one of only five Category 5 hurricanes to have hit the United States; the others being the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, Hurricane Camille in 1969, Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, and most recently Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Rita was slow to become a hurricane; discussions early on September 20 showed that wind translations to surface level were indeed at 75 mph (120 km/h), however, the lack of a complete eyewall meant that the National Hurricane Center kept Rita as a tropical storm with 70 mph (110 km/h) winds overnight. Aerial reconnaissance data released at 9:45 am EDT that morning showed that Rita had closed the eyewall and winds clearly reached hurricane strength. Four hours later, another special update stated that Rita had reached Category 2 strength with 100 mph (160 km/h) maximum sustained winds. By September 21st, the storm had strengthened rapidly; the National Hurricane Center's official advisories, issued every three hours, showed strengthening at every single advisory from 5 p.m. EDT on September 20th to 11 a.m. EDT on September 21st. At that advisory, Rita's maximum sustained winds had increased to 140mph. Strengthening continued; an update issued at 2:15 pm EDT (1815 UTC) said that Rita's maximum winds had increased to 150 mph (240 km/h) and a minimum pressure of 920 mb.

The following information is from NOAA.




Click the above to see the five day forcast for the hurricane.

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