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Heavy Snow; UA881 Is Approaching To Yokota  
User currently offlinesmolt From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 275 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2625 times:

Today so many flights to Tokyo have been prevented by heavy snow. Now I'm observing UA881 to Narita is diverting to Yokota Air Base. I am so curious how Japanese passengers feel to land to USAF airbase.

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User currently onlinewjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5154 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2600 times:

Share with us why they would care?

User currently offlinesmolt From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2569 times:

He seems to have landed to Yokota safely. I can imagine cockpit crews are so tired that they had held for a long time above the ocean before he decided to divert. I wonder the pilot might be familiar with Yokota airbase because he was ex USAF pilot?

User currently offlinesmolt From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2496 times:

wjcandee, the most probable that Narita can't handle so many ground traffic under very poor visibility and this has forced many flights to hold in the air for long time. ( CAT2? 3?) In addition wind condition is not so good. One flight had two miss approaches.
Narita and Haneda is open officially but nearly closed.


User currently onlinewjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5154 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2227 times:

Glad everyone landed safely.

User currently offlineairportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3619 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2147 times:

Looks like most flights are arriving at Haneda with "little" trouble. Some broken cloudy layers at lower altitudes but its the wind that's up there a little bit.

Enjoy the snow!



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7416 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1895 times:

Are aircraft allowed to land there? IIRC here in the states landing at an AFB is reserved for dire straights emergencies only.


次は、渋谷、渋谷。出口は、右側です。電車とホームの間は広く開いておりますので、足元に注意下さい。
User currently offlineairportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3619 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1863 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 6):

Yes. There are agreements that need to be signed ahead of time. I'm in process of reviewing one now...

It's surprisingly less complicated than it seems.

But as you mention, it is last case scenario typically. No emergency needed, however.



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25137 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1823 times:

Using OKO is not that big an issues especially for US carriers.

As some might know many US carriers request and receive blanket approvals for use of Air Force and Navy/Marine bases and have the authorizations as part of their ops-specs.

For OKO specifically, its almost a normal occasion for someone to drop in as part of a diversion when things go south in the Tokyo metro area.



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