Uswyjer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8224 times:
Article says it was trying to make a U-turn from one runway to another? Was just looking at the airnav.com map of RIC, might have been going from 16 to 20 or 20 to 16, they just about intersect at the ends.
N808DE From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7983 times:
Weather (i.e. ice) would not have been a factor since it was in the 40s this a.m.
This is my hometown airport and I'll be back there tomorrow. I can't say what fully caused this, but I don't think the intersection of the runways had anything to do with it. According to the article I read:
"the pilot of the American Airlines MD-80 jet ''underestimated the turning radius'' of his aircraft and taxied off the runway into a grassy patch where the airport's two commercial runways come together in a ''V.'' The two runways handle 98 percent of the flights at the Richmond airport."
Hopefully this mess will clear before tomorrow...flights in and out of RIC are still delayed/cancelled today.
AirCascadia From Canada, joined Dec 2004, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 5865 times:
Here is another copy of the story,
RICHMOND, Va. Dec 23, 2004 β An American Airlines plane preparing for takeoff went off the runway and became stuck in mud Thursday at Richmond International Airport, shutting the two main runways and delaying nearly all incoming flights, an airport spokesman said.
American Airlines flight 1239, bound for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, was mired at the grassy juncture of the two main runways around 8:20 a.m., airport spokesman Troy Bell said. The runways handle 98 percent of all air traffic, he said. A third runway used for regional jets was still operational.
None of the 129 passengers or five crew members on the MD-80 was injured, Bell said. Passengers were being evacuated and Bell said he expected it to take a couple of hours before the plane could be freed from the mud.
It appears the pilot "underestimated his turning radius" and drove off the runway, Bell said. He said weather was not a factor.
Go3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3269 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 5827 times:
maybe he saw a hot A.net spotter somewhere nearby
Unfortunately, (from what they tell me anyway) RIC Police have an arrest policy in place. Strike 1 = warning, strike 2 = arrest. I was so tempted to get a few shots of the stuck plane yesterday, but I'm not willing to find out if strike 2 is true yet.