LGAUAOK From United States of America, joined May 2008, 39 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5577 times:
When I was around 11 or 12 I remember hearing that a Pan Am 747 made a fuel emergency landing at ISP. I have done searching on google and the blogs on airliners.net but can not find a trace of the story. Was this a childhood dream or was it real? Hope someone on here knows the story. (I think it would have been in the early 90's or late 80's.)
In addition if anyone else knows of other widebody emergency landings at tiny airports I would love to read about them.
And for A.netters out there that know alot about ISP what have been the largest jets ever to land at there?
Foxecho From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 754 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5264 times:
I think it was an A310 back around 90-91 I remember this too being a kid from Long Island.....
747s have never been out to ISP, the longest runway out there is 7,002ft, Also I'd like to add to Timz by saying Eastern did have 757s from time to time in the 80s headed to Florida, I believe even a Boston-Florida 757 stopped at ISP once a day way back when...
I remember when I was 14 in 1989 I asked a family friend to take me out there and I had my first closeup view of a BAE146 on the ramp right next to the road....
Jetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1748 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5162 times:
Also the taxiways are not that wide and there are no high speed taxiways off of the runways, so it would be a tight squeeze to keep the outer landing gear of a 747 on the taxiway when turning off of the runway.
Clipper002 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 685 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5112 times:
Pan Am did not ever have a 747 go into ISP. It wasn't even on our JEP charts as an alternate. TimZ is correct about Northeastern using a DC-8-61 to operate ISP/FLL. They originally started out with a 727-100 but upgraded to the 8 to get more lift. Good idea but bad timing.
LGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1149 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5049 times:
The Pan Am diversion was an A-310 in the early 90's for sure. Did not have enough fuel to make JFK.
Northeastern flew the DC-8-62 (originally a -52) to ISP from 1982-1985. I remember my first flight into ISP on the DC-8-62, I worked for QS (Northeastern) at the time, Jetstar mentioned in reply 5 the taxiways were not very wide, well I will never forget the sight of those huge Pratt & Whitneys hanging out over the grass as we taxied in and back out again, and the visible jetblast on the grass, it was pretty cool.
LGAUAOK From United States of America, joined May 2008, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4834 times:
Quoting Foxecho (Reply 3): I think it was an A310 back around 90-91 I remember this too being a kid from Long Island.....
Thanks Foxecho, Did some real digging today, after everyones feedback to make sure I was not going crazy. I found this news story from Newsday about an Airbus making a fuel landing at ISP but no real details. It does talk about the 747 so maybe this is where i got confused.
Quoting LGA777 (Reply 9):
I worked for QS (Northeastern) at the time
What were the loads like? were there any weight/Balance restrictions on the -8?
The QS DC-8's always had great loads out of ISP, usually two a day ISP-FLL and normally full or close. There where 3 -62's one held 186 and the other two 204. Even with the 6000 foot runway I don't ever recall a weight restriction. The 62 was a hot rod. lots of power and range. UA used to fly them both JFK and EWR to HNL nonstop. ISP-FLL required a fuel load something like 20 pct of the 62's fuel capacity so even with 204 paxs and bags it was never a problem. While I can't find a photo of one at ISP here is what they looked like.