AmricanShamrok wrote:iRISH251 wrote:Eagleboy wrote:Utterly overblown story concerning the B777 doing the rounds of social. Media and the dodgy redtop media outlets.
B777 was behind schedule and flying from the Canaries around 2am. Flight crew weren't aware of overnight works on RWY 28/10. They weren't happy to take RWY34. Circled South of the city and then diverted to Shannon. Refuelled then landed at Dublin around 4am.
Irish Sun/Mirror and clickbait websites using comments on social media to claim its was "running out of fuel" and that the crew told the passenger to prepare for evacuation upon landing at Shannon.
Unlike most situations where 34 is in use, the wind was effectively calm so one can understand the crew making a safety-based decision as they did.
Out of interest, how often is 34 normally in use during normal daylight ops?
Almost never. The use of 16/34 imposes restrictions that affect traffic flow and of course, as this runway is shorter, it is only used when 10R/28L is unavailable for operational or weather reasons. More often it is used in the 16 direction in strong southerly winds. There were activity statistics published a few years ago in a study that considered the effect of closing 16/34 permanently. No doubt it is somewhere on the 'Net.