Plane in holding pattern takes side trip around Mt. Rainier

Plane in holding pattern takes side trip around Mt. Rainier

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Plane in holding pattern takes side trip around Mt. Rainier

An Alaska Airlines pilot stuck in a holding pattern due to fog at Sea-Tac Airport near Seattle on Tuesday decided to take the monotony out of the delay by getting clearance to circle Mount Rainier as a treat for his passengers.

Flight 401 from Las Vegas was forced to travel in a circle over Lewis County south of the airport before its pilot took the side trip around the highest mountain in the Cascade Range, as reported by KOMO and the Seattle PI.

“He [the pilot] made the decision on his own,” passenger Tom Davis wrote on Reddit, where he posted the photo, one he subsequently shared with the media. “Once he received clearance from ATC in Seattle, he let us know that we were still in an indefinite hold but got the okay to take a path over Mt Rainier while we were waiting. That’s where you see that he veered in the figure 8 pattern to try and give both sides of the plane a view.

“I was on the right side, so I got a bit luckier in that regard.”

“We were about 3,000 feet above the peak of Rainier,” Davis wrote on Reddit. “Everybody started conveyor-belting their phones to the window folks to get pictures as we get pictures as we flew by. I don’t think I’ll ever see the mountain from that vantage point again. It was beautiful.”

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As for the photo, Davis asked “to also credit the lady in our window seat who made it possible. Her name is Jennifer.”

Davis was in the aisle seat.

Davis wrote that after flying by Rainier, the plane did two more circles in the holding pattern before getting landing clearance, then it was 15 minutes to landing.

“It was the best delay ever,” Davis wrote on Reddit.

Photo courtesy of Tom Davis and Jennifer.

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