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What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:57 pm
by canyonblue17
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?

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:24 pm
by sassiciai
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!

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:53 pm
by bevan7
Is it too early to say Malaysia airlines?

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:13 pm
by MartyMcFlyYYC
An ex Canadian Airlines/Air Canada 737-200 was sunk off the British Columbia coast.

http://artificialreefsocietybc.ca/boeing-737.html

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:48 pm
by Mex87
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

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:55 pm
by canyonblue17
Anyone know which 747 is being used in Bahrain?

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:10 pm
by TheFlyingDisk
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.

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:27 pm
by canyonblue17


Off the coast of Varna, Bulgaria. A TU-154B.

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:45 pm
by Ziyulu
CI at the old Hong Kong airport.

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:54 pm
by trees
One of SAA’s A300’s is now an artificial reef off the Florida coast somewhere.

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:02 am
by ITSTours
Curious, does this really help underwater biodiversity? I do see the tourism aspect but I am concerned about pollution.

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:07 am
by musman9853
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

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:43 am
by TheEuphorian
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.

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:03 am
by Max Q
US AIR 737 at La Guardia

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:48 pm
by jfklganyc
I love how this thread went sideways!

Haha

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:12 pm
by dredgy
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

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:59 pm
by 727LOVER
Image

In case you're wondering....this was NOT intentional.

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:35 pm
by litz
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.

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:39 pm
by ITSTours
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


Thanks people, I learned a new thing.

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:21 am
by slcguy
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.

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:24 pm
by MHG
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.