Boeingrulz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 442 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 556 times:
I remember seeing a program on the cunstruction of the airport and even in the initial stages of construction the engineers made a decision to take the soil stablization only to a certain depth under the sea floor. If they had gone deeper, in search of bedrock, the project would have been astronomically expensive (rather than just extremely expensive). Maybe someone did the math wrong, but more likely someone made assumptions that have turned out to be wishful.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 56 Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 546 times:
There was an hour-long programme about 6-8 weeks ago on The Learning Channel that went in-depth on the contruction, operation, and functionality of Kansai (KIX). The planners did plan on the airport to sink somewhat, but they blundered on the calculations, and the airport is sinking much faster than was originally planned. The airport is sinking around its centre, which makes the runway sink in a broad "U". Most runway's have a slight "U" to it, but Kansai's centre has sunk more, so it makes landings harder, as it sends some planes in for a longer-than-planned landing. This is word from an Austrian Airlines pilot.
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