canyonblue17
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What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:57 pm

Just saw that a 747 is being sunk in Bahrain to help create an underwater park. I know several others have been used around the world to create ecotourism attractions. Anyone have a list of what airlines donated these aircraft and where they are all located?
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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:24 pm

LOL! Maybe you should amend the title to include the word "intentionally"

I think there are many airlines that have had their aircraft sunk by accident!
 
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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:53 pm

Is it too early to say Malaysia airlines?
 
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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:13 pm

An ex Canadian Airlines/Air Canada 737-200 was sunk off the British Columbia coast.

http://artificialreefsocietybc.ca/boeing-737.html
 
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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:48 pm

Also, an arab (by the looks of it, ex-Saudia) A333 was sunk off the coast of Turkey to enhance tourism and create an artificial reef.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/trav ... -reef.html
 
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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:55 pm

Anyone know which 747 is being used in Bahrain?
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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:10 pm

canyonblue17 wrote:
Anyone know which 747 is being used in Bahrain?


TF-AAA, an ex-MH 742 last operated by Air Atlanta Icelandic.

bevan7 wrote:
Is it too early to say Malaysia airlines?


See above.
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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:27 pm



Off the coast of Varna, Bulgaria. A TU-154B.
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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:45 pm

CI at the old Hong Kong airport.
 
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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:54 pm

One of SAA’s A300’s is now an artificial reef off the Florida coast somewhere.
 
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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:02 am

Curious, does this really help underwater biodiversity? I do see the tourism aspect but I am concerned about pollution.
 
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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:07 am

ITSTours wrote:
Curious, does this really help underwater biodiversity? I do see the tourism aspect but I am concerned about pollution.


I'd imagine they strip out everything but the hull. old ships like the ex-Oriskany have been sunk to create artificial reefs before. but then there's also been the "tire reefs" which were an environmental disaster
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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:43 am

An ex-PG ATR72-200 ended up as an artificial reef in the Gulf of Thailand after it crash-landed in USM in the late 2000s with 1 death.
 
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Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:03 am

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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:48 pm

I love how this thread went sideways!

Haha
 
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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:12 pm

ITSTours wrote:
Curious, does this really help underwater biodiversity? I do see the tourism aspect but I am concerned about pollution.


Generally, yes. Especially with coral reefs around the world in such decline, artificial reefs are proving important. THey are usually cleaned of anything toxic before being dumped.
Diversity on some structures are insane, look at these oil rig supports for one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdGzeRD6N8w

Not saying we should be dumping tonnes of planes into the ocean, but if there are management plans in place and it's in a location that can encourage diversity, there's few reasons not to.

EDIT: What the Canadian 737 looks like now: https://vimeo.com/200055049
 
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Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:59 pm

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In case you're wondering....this was NOT intentional.
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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:35 pm

musman9853 wrote:
ITSTours wrote:
Curious, does this really help underwater biodiversity? I do see the tourism aspect but I am concerned about pollution.


I'd imagine they strip out everything but the hull. old ships like the ex-Oriskany have been sunk to create artificial reefs before. but then there's also been the "tire reefs" which were an environmental disaster


The MTA has been dumping old subway cars as reefs for decades.

Stripped and cleaned, they're just structures underwater for coral to attach to, and very effective at that.
 
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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:39 pm

dredgy wrote:
ITSTours wrote:
Curious, does this really help underwater biodiversity? I do see the tourism aspect but I am concerned about pollution.


Generally, yes. Especially with coral reefs around the world in such decline, artificial reefs are proving important. THey are usually cleaned of anything toxic before being dumped.
Diversity on some structures are insane, look at these oil rig supports for one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdGzeRD6N8w

Not saying we should be dumping tonnes of planes into the ocean, but if there are management plans in place and it's in a location that can encourage diversity, there's few reasons not to.

EDIT: What the Canadian 737 looks like now: https://vimeo.com/200055049


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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:21 am

While not planned, two of the Boeing 314 flying boats, one Pan Am and one American International were sunk intentionally in 1945 and 1946,. Both made emergency landings in the open ocean and were deemed to not be repairable on site and not feasible to be towed to a port (although they tried to tow the Pan Am bird until it collided with the with the tender towing it). They were considered hazards to navigation at that point. The Pan Am bird was sunk by a US Navy vessel east of Hawaii the other by a US Coast Guard vessel. I believe all the passengers involved in both incidents were rescued, one nice thing about a flying boat if something goes wrong over the ocean lol.
 
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Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:24 pm

An ex Interisland YAK-40 was sunk on 8 dec 2001 near Boracay Island, Philippines to form an artificial reef.
The aircraft lies on its back at approx. 28m/85ft depth.
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