Type-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4353 posts, RR: 20 Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6894 times:
Over the weekend, ORD had a massive snow storm. While they can get most of the snow off the runways, there may be some residual snow/ice left. Just like a car on roads that have been plowed, the residual snow/ice can make a car slide, so can aircraft. Also, if there is any ice on the taxiways strong winds could blow an aircraft towards the edges. Due to the mounds of snow on the edges of the runway, taxiways, it is easier for pilots to misjudge the turns they must make and a wheel could go off the runway, taxiway ala Airport 1970.
Once I flew into MDW right after a big storm had blown through and we were taxiing very slowly to the FBO. A passenger asked why we couldn't move faster. I told him due to ice on the taxiways I didn't want to take any chances. His response: "Why don't you put it in low gear and speed up"!
Fly North Central Airlines..The route of the Northliners!
DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6311 times:
No kidding people.....there's been too many of these! Every time I see the thread title, I think it's just an old thread...but low and behold, it's a new one...maybe it's AA's huge fleet of these, or just complete odds stacked against them...either way, watch out for your mad doggies.
Ckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 4658 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 10 hours ago) and read 2312 times:
I think since ORD became the primary airport for Chicago in the early 1960s, it has officially closed only 3 times. There was January, 1967, when Chicago was buried under 2 feet of snow. There was January, 1979, when we had about 21 inches and bitter cold. I think there was a shutdown in the early or mid 1970s in April. Although Chicago only got a little over a foot of snow, it came down very quickly and was very wet, making snow removal very difficult.
The New Year's snowstorm of 1999 didn't officially shut down ORD. There was one runway open, but pretty much every airline shut down operations on January 2nd.