Don81603 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 1185 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3621 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?
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21639 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3594 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.
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13285 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3459 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.