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CHC Earthquake - CHC Airport Currently Closed  
User currently offlineAusA380 From Australia, joined Jan 2009, 310 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 15756 times:

Coming across the wires a major 6.3 "after shock" quake has hit Christchurch NZ following the 7.1 in September last year.

Damage is being reported in the city and the CHC aiport website is currently showing the airport is closed.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/huge-qua...s-christchurch-20110222-1b356.html

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User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3076 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 15661 times:

Just heard on the news.... Hope there are minimal injuries/loss of life!


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User currently offlineflyorski From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 995 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 15580 times:

I hope for the best. My thoughts are with everyone in Christchurch. Sounds like a really bad one as well, hope people got out okay and are safe.


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User currently offline747m8te From Australia, joined Aug 2008, 441 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 15550 times:

Quoting AusA380 (Thread starter):

Damage is being reported in the city and the CHC aiport website is currently showing the airport is closed.

Reported it was felt in other NZ cities and that other airports are closed aswell...can anyone confirm?

Hope everyone is ok and safe.



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User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 15355 times:

I believe AKL is not affected ? From what I read Christchurch and Diamond Harbor are the only cities affected.


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User currently onlineMr AirNZ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2002, 872 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 15211 times:

Quoting 747m8te (Reply 3):
Reported it was felt in other NZ cities and that other airports are closed aswell...can anyone confirm?

Radar centre in Christchurch is evacuated. No IFR departures nationwide at the moment.


User currently offlinedoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3421 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 15195 times:

Quoting Mr AirNZ (Reply 5):
Radar centre in Christchurch is evacuated. No IFR departures nationwide at the moment.

This is what my dad just told me (mom is on her way tonight). Wondering if tranpac flights from the US will depart, operate delayed or cancel.



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User currently offlineGonzalo From Chile, joined Aug 2005, 1992 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 15099 times:

My best wishes with all the people affected by this situation. We are less than a week from commemorate one year since the ( 27-2-2010 8.8 Richter ) earthquake here and we're still suffering strong aftershocks, so I humbly recommend get used to perform calm and ordered evacuations when this things happen. I hope the airport's critical infrastructure has no damage.

I wish the best recovery for the injured, we are with you guys !!


Rgds.

G.

[Edited 2011-02-21 18:26:18]


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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6436 posts, RR: 38
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 15042 times:

Quoting KFlyer (Reply 4):
I believe AKL is not affected ?

Auckland has not been affected, it's the least earthquake prone area in New Zealand. But either way, the radar for the airspace is in Christchurch so flights have been cancelled as the airport has been evacuated.



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 14939 times:

Just heard that basic ATC functionality is restored. True ?


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User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4977 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 14893 times:

Any idea which flights arrived in CHC..?
Did the QF45 and EK419 divert to alternative airports...?
My thoughts go out to those effected...

EK413



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6436 posts, RR: 38
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 14828 times:

Air NZ press release: CHC is closed until 7pm at the earliest.

There are a few flights coming and going but there are quite a lot of cancellations.

There's no way EK418 would have been able to land in CHC, but it seems like it was delayed into SYD and might not have departed.

[Edited 2011-02-21 18:57:40]


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User currently offlineIndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 2991 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 14568 times:

Terrible news for NZ. Lets hope as many people as possible are found safe and well. To those who lost their lives in this disaster, RIP.

In regards to aviation, when are D7 supposed to start flights to CHC? With all the damage around, particularly to hotels and attractions, it will also likely be a dampener on tourism.

[Edited 2011-02-21 19:40:19]

User currently offlinetexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4280 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 14511 times:

Right now only med flights are being allowed in/out. South Pacific control is setting up its emergency ops station in Brisbane to be safe -- it is normally housed in CHC. Air traffic control tower was not evacuated, though. The hospital in Christchurch is unsafe to be in so they had to evacuate it and are moving patients to AKL and WLG. Because the hospital is out of commission there are really only triage centres open right now from what we hear. Lots of destruction in central Christchurch with hotels and office buildings collapsing.

Texan



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User currently offlinebrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3015 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 14453 times:

I have a friend from high school who is living down there, they've been pretty rattled by the earthquakes and aftershocks. I just looked on her FB page and a bunch of people are pleading with her to come home to the US.

Anyway, best wishes to all those affected in CHC. Thanks to A.net for alerting me, I'm pretty disconnected from the news.



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User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4977 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 14242 times:

Error from my part, I meant EK418...

Hope CHC get back on their feet soon...

EK413



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 14158 times:
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Quoting texan (Reply 13):
The hospital in Christchurch is unsafe to be in so they had to evacuate it and are moving patients to AKL and WLG

I work at Wellington Hospital and no patients had arrived when I went home, but lots of departments and staff (including me) are on stand by at home. One patient has been flowen to Auckland but the rest of the patients at this stage are going to closer hospitals in the south island

JQ have cancelled all flights till tomorrow. anyone know what happened to the flights all ready over half way accross the Tasman? An NZ flight was landing at CHC when the earthquake struck


User currently offlineAirlineBrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 13923 times:

We had a 6.5 here in Eureka, CA (USA) a year ago last January. It happened just a few days before the quake in Haiti. The damage here was nothing like what just happened in NZ. My thoughts are with the residents of Christchurch as they rebuild their community.

[Edited 2011-02-21 21:55:49]


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User currently offlineskygirl1990 From New Zealand, joined Jun 2010, 123 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days ago) and read 13777 times:

Quoting AirlineBrat (Reply 17):
My thoughts are with the residents of Christchurch as they rebuild their community

rebuild Again that is  


Ardmore is absolutely heaving with chartered flights heading to CHC at the moment



x Jessie x
User currently offlinevfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 4013 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days ago) and read 13548 times:

This one appears to be really bad compared to the previous ones - reports of more than 60 deaths and lots of people being trapped.

User currently offlineRAGAZZO777 From Uruguay, joined Jul 2010, 587 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (3 years 8 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 13031 times:

I have friends in Auckland and according to the news the North Island was not really affected, but still I hope people will recover soon from that disaster in New Zealand. My thoughts are with everyone in the South Island !

Regards,



JESÚS, TE AMO !!
User currently offlinetimb777 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2009, 201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 8 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 12753 times:

I was in a lecture at the time, which I may add turned very interesting when the roof started to break up. Fortunately all evacuated safely where I was. Driving as the 5.7 aftershock felt like a tyre had blown as the wheels were not going where they were pointing!

The airport has been taking various military aircraft including the Orion and C-130 I believe. The RNZAF P-3 Orion has been flying very low over CHC this evening; does anyone know what it's doing? Has it got thermal image technology onboard to see those still trapped?


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6436 posts, RR: 38
Reply 22, posted (3 years 8 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 12617 times:

Air NZ is selling all remaining seats between AKL and CHC for the following 2 days for $48 each way. The NZ Herald also reported that they'll send a 744 down tomorrow.


It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlinedarenw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (3 years 8 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 11916 times:

Quoting 777ER (Reply 16):
I work at Wellington Hospital and no patients had arrived when I went home, but lots of departments and staff (including me) are on stand by at home. One patient has been flowen to Auckland

I work at Auckland Hospital, we are currently waiting for three patients to be flown up from Christchurch, one child for Starship and the other two are adults


User currently offlinezanadou From South Korea, joined Nov 2000, 342 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 8 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 11835 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):


Correct:

Christchurch Airport

Christchurch International Airport Limited has advised that no scheduled services will be able to operate this evening into or out of the airport. They expect to be operational, for domestic flights only, from 8am tomorrow morning, Wednesday 23 February.

Air New Zealand plans to recommence domestic services into and out of Christchurch from 8am tomorrow.

Special airfares and additional flight capacity

All available fares on Air New Zealand domestic services from any point on the domestic network to/from Christchurch for booking and travel through until 8am Friday morning are available for $50 one way. These can be booked via the Air New Zealand website and call centre.

In addition, Air New Zealand will operate a return Auckland-Christchurch service tomorrow utilising a Boeing 747-400, with seats available at the $50 fare.

Times for the special additional flights are as follows:

* Depart Auckland 10:30, arrive Christchurch 11:50
* Depart Christchurch 13:20, arrive Auckland 14:50


Source: http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/christchurch-earthquake-update


25 bjorn14 : The pictures from CHC are not pretty....CNN reporting at least 65 dead...many missing. May all RIP and comfort and hope for the survivors.
26 ecuatoriana707 : awful news coming from CHC. All our prayers with those poor souls still trapped there. I would say they will need a few NZ 744s over the next few days
27 UA772IAD : My thoughts are with the people of Christchurch and other areas affected. Such a wonderful place... Let that great NZ spirit shine through these troub
28 NZdsgnr : Just posted on the Air New Zealand Christchurch Quake support Further to compassionate domestic fares for travel to and from Chch, Air New Zealand has
29 famfflores : My question is a little off-topic, but what could be the effect of an earthquake on planes during the take-off roll and landing? Were there any accide
30 Post contains links NZdsgnr : Christchurch air services on way back to normal http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/indu...air-services-on-way-back-to-normal
31 Post contains links QF108 : There was actually a plane landing during the quake yesterday, http://www.stuff.co.nz/4689348/Plane-lands-as-quake-strikes-runway been very interesti
32 NZ107 : NZ is sending a 2nd 744 to CHC later today to handle the people travelling to/from CHC.
33 haggis73 : 1st 744 NZ6735 DEP AKL 1030, 2nd 744 NZ6737 DEP AKL 1700.
34 QFTJT : For flights ex MELCHC: DJ060 diverted AKL. JQ159 diverted HBA, arrived back in MEL at 1600 as JQ7159, flight later canceled. NZ124 744 and EK8406 77W
35 Gonzalo : Good to see at least the runway still available to manage arrival of relief and support, when I saw in the TV the liquefaction phenomena in the terrai
36 EK413 : QF reported to be sending a flight today to bring back stranded passengers... Possibly sending down to CHC a A330/B744...? EK413
37 PresRDC : All staff at the Engine Centre are safe with no damage to the facility or any engines inside.
38 outbackair : TV news here in Australia showed the RNZAF 757s are being used to evacuate people to Wellington. RAAF has sent two Hercules and at least one C-17 with
39 kiwimex : There is a United mercy flight leaving LAX shortly with 75 SAR team members on board bound for CHC (direct?). Info on how to track this specific fligh
40 Post contains links haggis73 : Yeah, Direct to CHC. UA9901, Due to dep LAX 2049 PST, (Updated) Now a 2130 Dep. You should be able to track the flight as far as PPG, I think that is
41 kiwimex : Thanks. Tail number is N116UA
42 777ER : I left work at 4pm on stand by. Arrived this morning to hear three ICU and several other patients had arrived during the night NZs extra flights from
43 RoseFlyer : Well this, like the Haiti earthquake are one of the few that actually are centered right in the city. Although Christchurch had a 7.1 earthquake last
44 kiwimex : It's a USAID flight, apparently.
45 ZKSUJ : NZ will be sending 744s down tomorrow again, 2 return flights tomorow so far, more may follow. My sister said she and many others have never been so r
46 NZ107 : I watched some come and go from AKL today.. Great seeing these birds which would otherwise be idle on the tarmac being used for something like this.
47 Solent : Feel terribly sad for the people of Christchurch who were so wonderful to my us when in CHC for the Air NZ Erebus Remembrance flight on an RNZAF757. M
48 zkncj : NZ are reporting on there website, that they flew a CHC-WLG sector with 300passengers on a 772
49 NZ107 : Sounds correct, another 772 is scheduled for WLG-CHC tomorrow.
50 xiaotung : SQ flights to CHC are adding a tech stop at AKL & SYD today and tomorrow. The following flight schedule changes and re-routings to include technic
51 Post contains links kiwimex : Still on the ground at LAX 6 hours after scheduled departure time. Flight number changed. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL9797
52 Boeing767-300 : Looks like Qantas sent a 767-300 VH-OGB instead of the usual 738 on QF 45 Sydney Auckland. Might even see a 744 Thursday.
53 Post contains links CaptainCrackers : For those wanting to track, here's a virtual radar that appears to cover much of New Zealand: http://nzacars.no-ip.org/VirtualRadar
54 Post contains links kiwimex : UAL 9797 finally in the air and bound for CHCH with SAR crew CA-TF2 and equipment aboard. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL9797 http://www.facebo
55 NZ107 : Didn't see one. But instead a Singapore Air Force 707 is sitting on the tarmac in AKL.
56 777ER : Would prefer a photo!
57 AirlineBrat : I hope your family is OK. The Eureka quake was centered pretty close to town and was relatively shallow. I was in Old Town Eureka when it hit. Old To
58 Post contains links and images NZ107 : It's severely heat hazed.. Apparently it came in overnight so it was on the cargo stand where the AN-124 sits if it comes to AKL. No idea when it's d
59 Post contains images 777ER : Much better
60 Post contains links LH422 : The tech stop is extended until March 3/4, via AKL both ways. Does anyone know why this is necessary? http://www.singaporeair.com/saa/de_D...Util/Bre
61 Kaiarahi : Fuel availability in CHC presumably.
62 Post contains links SpinalTap : QF45 is in fact SYD-CHC. According to: http://www.theqantassource.com/ On Thursday 24th: QF45/46 was operated by Boeing 747-438 VH-OJB In addition th
63 kiwiandrew : I would guess that either there is no suitable accommodation in CHC for the crews or they don't want the crews staying in CHC .
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