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User currently offlineSouthRebels From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 912 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.



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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6813 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 841 times:

Christmas Island might fit that description-- runway about 6900 ft, last I heard, so usable in an emergency. Maybe Canton as well?

User currently offlineBabyJumbo-SP From Hong Kong, joined May 2001, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 826 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.

User currently offlineSouthRebels From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 810 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.

User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 798 times:

Sometimes QF, NZ, UA etc use Nadi, Fiji (NFFN) as a diversion field (usually when headwinds are greater than forecast, and there is a fuel shortage).

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