This article originally appeared in IFR Refresher, Oct. 2006.Most ILS approaches take from three to five minutes to complete after crossing the final approach fix (FAF). What you're about to read is the story of a pilot who was cleared for an ILS approach just before his aircraft disappeared from radar, only to pop back up on the screen approximately 27 minutes later. For another seven minutes, controllers, while watching the aircraft, attempted to make contact with the pilot without success. Then, the aircraft disappeared from the radar screens for a final time.
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John Longo of Murfreesboro, NC leads off a terrific selection of images. Click through for more reader-submitted photos.