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Sunken Airliners You Can Scuba In/near?  
User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12190 times:

Last month I went scuba diving at Mermet Springs in southern Illinois, and they have a (wingless, engineless) 727 at the bottom of the quarry. Not sure which airline it flew for, but it was one of 2 used in filming the movie "US Marshalls", and therefore is wearing PanAm colors.

I've heard that there was a Discovery Channel program about sinking a 737 somewhere in the world for people to dive on.

I'm just wondering if others here know of any other sunken airliners at scuba sites, or details on the 737 mentioned above. (I'm not really interested in GA aircraft as they seem to be quite common at dive sites, and I'm also referring specifically to intentionally-sunken aircraft, not crash sites)

Thanks to anyone who can provide any info!

Not good enough for a.net, but here's a picture of me at the 727:


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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12187 times:

I know in Aruba there is a wrecked DC-3/C-47 that belonged to, I think the Royal Dutch Air Force. Not sure if you can scuba to it thou.


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User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4845 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12178 times:

There is a former Canadian 737 that was sunk as an artificial reef of the the coast of (or near) Vancouver BC.

http://www.cdnn.info/industry/i040124/i040124.html

YOWza



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User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1798 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 12096 times:

Off the top of my head, there is an ex-Carnival 727-100 off of Florida and there is a Mid Pacific YS-11 on Oahu.

User currently offlineKstateinALB From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 12037 times:



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 1):
I know in Aruba there is a wrecked DC-3/C-47 that belonged to, I think the Royal Dutch Air Force. Not sure if you can scuba to it thou

Yup you can, I just did in August when I was there. My dad's company hired a tour operator who showed us the wreck...pretty sick.


User currently offlineJoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2227 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 11839 times:

I believe that Dubai has an IL86 sunk somewhere along the coast, but could be wrong


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User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1635 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 11670 times:

When in Holland a few years ago I recall seeing the nose of a Boeing ( IIRC, a 737 ) somewhere in Zeeland.

I couldn't find any further datails about which model / airframe it was, but did find out that there was project to sink this for divers to use - can't lay my hands on any info now, but is this the only such artificail reef in Europe?



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User currently offlineLEEDS19 From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2008, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 11531 times:



Quoting JoKeR (Reply 5):
believe that Dubai has an IL86 sunk somewhere along the coast, but could be wrong

You are quite correct in that the fuselage section of an ex Aeroflot IL-86 is in the Dubai Creek which is the inlet which runs through the City.The Aircraft had made a wheels up landing several years earlier when the crew forgot to lower the gear. embarrassed 

Aircraft was intended as a diving wreck but I cannot confirm if it is still there.

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20010921-0


User currently offlineSkibum9 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 11476 times:

Isn't there a sunken Stevens Aviation 747 in AA colors somewhere off of the Bahamas? It struck an oil rig while some art thieves had hijacked the plane to steal its cargo. The plane sank with passengers on board and had to be temporarily raised with balloons to get the passengers out.


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User currently offlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6581 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 11375 times:

In Roatan, at one time there was a SAHSA DC-3 which had overrun the runway at RTB. The wrecked plane was sunk next to the wreck of the Prince Albert, near French Harbour. The last time I dived that site was before Hurricane Mitch, so I cannot speak to the condition of the wreck today. It was quite amusing to me and my family that the wreck was indeed a SAHSA plane, since we had flown SAHSA a few times to Central America and understood why SAHSA stood for "Stay at Home, Stay Alive."

User currently offlineElmothehobo From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1534 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 11331 times:



Quoting Skibum9 (Reply 8):

Hahahaha. Good one.


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 11, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 11331 times:



Quoting Skibum9 (Reply 8):
Isn't there a sunken Stevens Aviation 747 in AA colors somewhere off of the Bahamas? It struck an oil rig while some art thieves had hijacked the plane to steal its cargo. The plane sank with passengers on board and had to be temporarily raised with balloons to get the passengers out.

 rotfl  Classic.



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User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7212 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 11167 times:

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20011017-0

I believe that Dubai has a second diving hulk.


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 11129 times:

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19700502-0

If you've got a submersible, you can try this one...I wouldn't recommend it, though...  Wink I wonder what kind of condition the wreck is in...

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Isn't there a sunken Stevens Aviation 747 in AA colors somewhere off of the Bahamas? It struck an oil rig while some art thieves had hijacked the plane to steal its cargo. The plane sank with passengers on board and had to be temporarily raised with balloons to get the passengers out.

Yeah, I heard that Mr. Stevens got a great deal from Columbia Airlines...seems one of their 747's was involved in a mid-air collision over Utah, and since it was going to have to be extensively overhauled anyway, Columbia put it up for sale, and Stevens made a bid for the plane. The pictures I saw of the interior were pretty incredible, though!!

Talk about a cursed airplane!!  rotfl 



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User currently offlineRandyWaldron From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 324 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 11100 times:



Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 13):
Yeah, I heard that Mr. Stevens got a great deal from Columbia Airlines...seems one of their 747's was involved in a mid-air collision over Utah

Right...and don't forget..Joe Patroni got that big "Tom Cat" down to Miami for the Steven's Corporation to purchase so Federation World Airlines could by the Concorde. Eddie Albert supervised construction of those, too.



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User currently offlineCOrocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 11057 times:



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 1):
I know in Aruba there is a wrecked DC-3/C-47 that belonged to, I think the Royal Dutch Air Force. Not sure if you can scuba to it thou.



Quoting KstateinALB (Reply 4):
Yup you can, I just did in August when I was there. My dad's company hired a tour operator who showed us the wreck...pretty sick.

There are several planes in Aruba. Here is a picture I took from the we did, which I think was supposed to be a Convair 400 from Air Aruba. We did a swim through all the way from the tail to the cockpit - pretty cool. No seats in it so it was pretty easy.

You used to be able to dive the plane that they sunk in the Bahamas from 'Into the Blue' but when I was there they said it had been torn up by a hurricane and not much is left.



User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7212 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 10899 times:

PanAM747


Given that U Boats used to crumple at about 1,000 feet, I suspect that a DC9 in 5,000 feet would be squashed flat.

COrocks

Do you know which aircraft was used "into the blue".


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 10864 times:

That Joe Patroni - what an amazing man, but if I ever see him at an airport again, I'm running outta there as fast as I can!! The man is a jinx...

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Given that U Boats used to crumple at about 1,000 feet, I suspect that a DC9 in 5,000 feet would be squashed flat.

True, but are you talking about imploding U boats? The ALM DC-9 was already filling with water, so the internal pressure was equal to the exterior pressure. Unlike the Stevens 747...

Of course, the Titanic is proof that anything can happen - the front portion of the wreck has parts that are almost undisturbed, while the stern is barely recognizable.



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User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2038 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 10775 times:

I snorkeled through an old DC-3 off Norman's Cay/Bahamas this summer. Off Nassau there are also a few sunken planes, but in deeper water, they require scuba gear. I know of one cessna and another DC-3.


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24109 posts, RR: 23
Reply 19, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 10675 times:



Quoting YOWza (Reply 2):
There is a former Canadian 737 that was sunk as an artificial reef off the the coast of (or near) Vancouver BC.

The aircraft in question prior to being sunk.


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User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1943 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10347 times:

Quoting earlier post: "Off the top of my head, there is an ex-Carnival 727-100 off of Florida and there is a Mid Pacific YS-11 on Oahu."

Here's a picture of the 727 shorty shortly before being fed to the sharks...


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User currently offlineCOrocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10245 times:



Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 16):
COrocks

Do you know which aircraft was used "into the blue".

I believe it was a DC-3.


User currently offlineATP2033 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 10075 times:

There is also a BAe146 which has been dropped into a flooded quarry near Chepstow, England. The aircraft is Con No E1035 which was scrapped by FlyBE in late 2007. See the link below for futher info (scroll down the page to get to it !!)

http://www.ndac.co.uk/attractions.htm#17baeaircraft


User currently offlineFlyboy97502 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 9587 times:

There is a B-29A in Lake Mead, NV. As of right now due to the drought its within Rec. diving limits. IIRC most of the time its down a little ways... but its intact for the most part.

The story from http://www.indepthconsulting.com/B29/B29Lost.htm ...excepts...

In July of 1948, a B-29A Superfortress bomber was on an Army Air Forces scientific mission to study variations in solar radiation with altitude as part of the Upper Air Research Project. The mission called for runs from "as low as possible" to 30,000 feet and back. The aircraft had taken off from Inyokern, CA and was on one of its final runs of the day. After completing a run to 30,000 feet east of Lake Mead, the crew began their descent and leveled out just 300 feet above the lake's surface. It was a midsummer's day and winds were completely calm. The crew described the lake as looking like a mirror, with the sun reflecting brightly off the surface. These conditions make judging height above the surface incredibly difficult. Combine that with an incorrectly set altimeter, thermal activity from midday heat and inexperience on the part of the pilots in flight over water and the stage for this accident was set.

The B-29 struck the water at nearly 250 miles per hour. The pilots were able to pull up and get the plane airborne again, skipping it like a stone across a calm pond. The impact had ripped 3 of the B-29's 4 engines from their mounts, set fire to the fourth and severely damaged the left wing and horizontal stabilizer. While initially the pilots were able to regain perhaps 200-300 feet of altitude with the plane's momentum, its fate was sealed. Within a few seconds the B-29 was on its way back down to the water. Fuel cutoffs were engaged and engine #1 was feathered as the pilots prepared the plane for ditching. They managed to bring it in tail first, slowly decelerating until finally the plane came to rest. All five aboard got out before the plane sank, escaping in two life rafts. About 12 minutes after ditching, the B-29 disappeared beneath the surface, not to be seen again for over 53 years.


I'm hoping to dive both in YVR and the Lake Mead site soon!!!



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User currently offlineVanguard737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 680 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 9560 times:

There are some Luftwaffe planes in shallow water off Crete that can be dived. They are from the invasion of Crete, which is a very interesting story in and of itself. I know of some Stukas and Ju-52's. I am sure there are others as well.


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25 Post contains links Aviateur : The fine art of airliner taxidermy: http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2006/09/01/askthepilot199/
26 Kanban : Question... salt water is going to take it's toll on the aluminum so what's the life expectacy of these hulls? 40 years from now there may be a 787 re
27 Post contains links and images KPWMSpotter : There's a NAMC YS-11 sunk off of Waikiki in Hawaii. I haven't heard of Scuba Diving to it, but I'm sure it's possible. There's a submarine tour in the
28 Post contains links 777jaah : I know that this plane was sunk for diving purposes. Thing is that after a hurricane, almost 10 years ago, currents broke the thing in pieces, and wha
29 Post contains images TransIsland : Yeah... I don't have a pic of it underwater, but this is it being taken to the set:
30 Chapavaeaa : There is a four engine Japanese Kawashini (spelling may be off) flying boat in the Marshall Isands that is in about 20-30 feet of water. One of the wi
31 Bennett123 : How long would they last in fresh water, like Chepstow. I assume that the Steel parts would rot but not the Alloy.
32 Post contains links Fly-K : This should be the other one: http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20010921-0 But I'd like to know their exact location... It was rumore
33 UK_Dispatcher : Apparently there is an ex-CAA/Flight Precision HS748 used as a diving attraction somewhere in England. G-AVXJ. I can't find any information about it o
34 Steeler83 : Crap! So much for adding any material to that... Although, wasn't the aircraft insured? So didn't he get insurance money and then purchase a Concorde
35 DeltaGuy : How about that Vulcan that James Bond dove to, down in the carribean, during the movie Thunderball? Rest assured, the nukes were gone. DeltaGuy
36 PanAm747 : Pretty good!! Actually, last rumor I heard was that Columbia sold off all its 747's and for a while used just the 707's. Then they were bought out by
37 777WT : Yes it's still there. SEA Scuba used to go there for scuba diving and I have old pictures from that time. When I visited it about 10-12 yrs ago, the
38 777WT : How is the condition of it now? Last I saw it, the plane was broken up in half and the rudder fin was laying on it's side. There's a new twin engined
39 Post contains links ACW367 : That will be Vobster quay between Frome and Radstock. Good pics on their website. http://www.vobsterquay.co.uk/attraction-aircraft.php Another UK sit
40 Jetstar : As long as the pressure inside the cabin and outside are the same, which it would be if the cabin windows and doors were removed before sinking, the
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