PanAm heading for PDX instead landed in Troutdale
United did the same thing a long time ago...a DC-8 landed at Troutdale, some 10-15 miles east of 28L/R.
They had to take all the seats out, among other things, in order for it to take off. From what my Dad told me (who used to work for UA
) the media made a big thing out of the takeoff, and being the media, assumed the plane would barely get off the runway. So, they all lined up at the end hoping to get the cover page shot. Allegedly, a UA
employee told one photographer to stand about a 1,000 feet from the end, as that's the point where the plane would rotate. Sure enough, it did, and that one photographer made the rest look like schmucks!
And the winner for best actress is....REESE WITHERSPOON for 'Walk the Line'!!!!!!!!