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Transpacific Routes

Mon May 07, 2001 10:30 am

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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RE: Transpacific Routes

Mon May 07, 2001 10:41 am

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

Mon May 07, 2001 7:33 pm

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.
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RE: Transpacific Routes

Tue May 08, 2001 6:35 am

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.
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RE: Transpacific Routes

Tue May 08, 2001 6:48 pm

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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