Douglas DC-9 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 303 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2137 times:
I think that each quake is different, and airports deal with them as they need to. I mean the parked planes sure as hell aren't going anywhere, and aircraft on takeoff will not have to stop because they will be off the ground soon enough, and aircraft landing should be alright. If I owned an airport and there was an earthquake going on after the quake I would just check for terminal, and hanger damage. I would keep operations as is.
Trent_800 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2114 times:
My main priority would be making sure that everyone is ok. Planes can be replaced, people cant. As for Aircraft taking off i would tell everyone that is taxing and pilots that are on takeoff roll before V1 to stop immediatly. As i dont think that aircraft makers account for acts of god whilst designing aircraft (apart form lightning and weather, you know what i mean)
Planes that are landing or are on approach i would ask to divert to another airport as the quake might have damaged the runway. But im no Airport boss they probabally have contingency plans for that type of occurance.
Mt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1994 times:
I was flying form MIA to SAL Jan 2001. We were about 1 hour from landing in SAL, when the pilot informed us that a major earthquake had hit the country and that we had been instructed to return to Miami. The airport had been closed and the control tower had been evacuated. We made a 180 turn and headed back to MIA. It was very unnerving to see people getting worried and crying all the way back.
The airport was re opened maybe a day later, luckily only cosmetical damage occured and international aid had a way of arriving. Exactly 1 month later another eartquake hit the country again.
Jmacias34 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1955 times:
In addition the tower is usually evacuated and an inspector usually takes a look at it. Tower handles the immediate traffic (on final, or departing). I think everybody on approach receives holding instructions or is diverted until the tower has been considered safe. These procedures are really for major earthquakes.