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Airport Closed, Now What?  
User currently offlineDon81603 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 1185 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3328 times:

The recent earthquake in Hawaii, and subsequent temporary airport closure got me thinking. What would happen in the case of WS (for example) being about 30 minutes out, and the airport closes. I highly doubt the 737 would be able to return to the mainland, and if the earthquake was severe enough to damage the runways, what alternatives would there be?

I'm positive the FAA has looked at this, but does anyone know "What next?" Other than the Hawaiian Islands, the next closest runway I'm aware of is Midway, some 1200 miles further west, but can a 737 carry that much fuel for an extra 2 hours?


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User currently offlineJdl1527 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3311 times:

The airports were closed for out going flights only, incoming flights could still come in as normally if they did not divert earlier like many flights did.

User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21474 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3301 times:

The odds of all HI airports being closed to incoming traffic no matter what the emergency are astronomical. Even if your destination airport had a landslide and the alternates had no power, you'd still be able to land the old fashioned way.


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3287 times:

http://www.airnav.com/airports/us/HI

Out of the above 14 airports listed, about 10 have runways long enough to land a 737, and the odds of all of them (plus military bases) all being unusable strike me as being quite remote.


User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 8193 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3272 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 2):
you'd still be able to land the old fashioned way.

I don't get it. Old fashioned = either turf or water, and neither is suitable for a large airliner.



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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

Quoting N766UA (Reply 4):
I don't get it. Old fashioned = either turf or water, and neither is suitable for a large airliner.

I think he was referring to a lack of electrical power at the airport...


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3224 times:

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 5):
I think he was referring to a lack of electrical power at the airport...

Tiki torches maybe?

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 2):
The odds of all HI airports being closed to incoming traffic no matter what the emergency are astronomical

That is so true and we would be talking of an emergency situation where any port in a storm, with airplanes with little or no gas having LARGE breaks and motors to stop in a hurry!

But good question for sure.



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13039 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3166 times:

ATC, signal systems, some bare minimum runway lighting (at night) would have some emergency power. There would be no outgoing flights. ATC would handle long haul inbound flights, although with some additional spacing, care to make sure a landing airport isn't damaged and diverting a/c if their destination airport is damaged or without any power. Some flights that just departed close to their take off airport would probably have to turn back. Some inbound flights would have to divert if possible.

User currently offlineLouA340 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 385 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3066 times:

What about if there is substantial damage to the actual runway? How would that situation be worked out?


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