SouthRebels From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 905 times:
Are there emergency landing strips on isolated islands in the Pacific for airliners that have in-flight emergencies and can't make a mainland airport? The reason I wonder this is because I saw a movie in which a 747 bound for SYD from LAX made an emergency landing on an isolated island. I was wondering if there was any truth behind it.
BabyJumbo-SP From Hong Kong, joined May 2001, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 819 times:
Even there are small airports in the isolated islands, emergency landing on these strips will be a nightmare to the operators. Imagine you have to take care +400 pax with inadequate accomodation, in oceanic (typhoon) weather. The airline also need to send a repair team (maybe including a spare engine) and another 747 to rescue the pax.
SouthRebels From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 803 times:
Well I agree that an emergency landing on an isolated island would be a nightmare, but let's think here. If I am on a transpacific bound airliner and an in-flight emergency required our immediate landing and a mainland airport could not be reached I will take that isolated island over the alternative........crashing. I am sure the pilot of the jumbo doens't really care what kind of logistical problems he will create as long as he gets his plane down safely.