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(CNN)   News: Plane diverted to Midway Airport. Fark: Plane diverted to Midway Island Airport   (cnn.com) divider line 71
    More: Scary, midway, Mary Clark, United Airlines, Pacific Oceans  
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2014-07-13 01:37:59 PM  
Don't shoot it down.
 
2014-07-13 05:33:26 PM  
i62.tinypic.com
 
2014-07-13 05:33:58 PM  
economictimes.indiatimes.com

This one?
 
2014-07-13 05:34:43 PM  
Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!
 
2014-07-13 05:35:29 PM  
I diverted my piss to the sidewalk. Does that count for anything?
 
2014-07-13 05:37:05 PM  
Scary my ass. Count me in the crowd that would think it's extremely cool to get the rare chance to see one of those diversion airports in person.
 
2014-07-13 05:39:41 PM  

Glendale: Scary my ass. Count me in the crowd that would think it's extremely cool to get the rare chance to see one of those diversion airports in person.


I think the scary part is where they thought the plane might be on fire.
 
2014-07-13 05:43:02 PM  
Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing
 
2014-07-13 05:45:51 PM  
Does the US government or someone else maintain that airfield?  how often do regular flights go there?
 
2014-07-13 05:46:32 PM  
But she said her luggage still hadn't arrived in Guam.

and it won't until just before she flies home.
 
2014-07-13 05:46:51 PM  
Sounds like the plane was going SwissAir Flight 111 on them, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiy8ttJSJDI,  and they were lucky to get it down before things really got bad.
 
2014-07-13 05:47:51 PM  
Been there.  Went there to deliver some "machine parts" they needed.  Not much to do but the food was surprisingly good in the mess hall.
 
2014-07-13 05:48:25 PM  
I want that fourth carrier.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-13 05:48:34 PM  
In the video, a voice on the intercom tells the passengers: "Midway is not an island that has hotels and things. It's just a diversion airport. What they're offering is they have gymnasium here that you can all go to if you like and they have chairs and things. We can put you there until we figure out what exactly is going on. They will open up their stores so you can get something to eat."

Midway is a National Wildlife Refuge. Go out and see the flying sharks and great white plovers and... I actually have no idea what lives there, but it's got to be cool, right?
 
2014-07-13 05:48:46 PM  
There is no Midway Island. There is only a Midway Atoll. It has 3 islands Eastern Island, Sand Island and Spit Island. Eastern Island has the old WWII runway and was abandoned since 1970's and is now a Wildlife Refuge. Sand Island had runways added after WWII and is the one the plane landed on. Spit Island is vary small island.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-07-13 05:50:36 PM  

UsikFark: [economictimes.indiatimes.com image 640x480]

This one?


The island in the background is the one that actually currently has the active airport.
 
2014-07-13 05:52:30 PM  
ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2014-07-13 05:58:49 PM  

ko_kyi: Does the US government or someone else maintain that airfield?  how often do regular flights go there?


Wikipedia says the population is currently zero, but there is a page set up by the US Fish and Wildlife department that details some of the things they're doing on the island.

It says that they have no resources to support visitors to the island, so it's unclear if there are people stationed there permanently or if they just fly the park rangers and researchers in from time to time to do their thing and then get out.
 
2014-07-13 06:07:16 PM  
At least there were chairs. And things.
 
2014-07-13 06:17:34 PM  
It is maintained as an emergency landing strip for these scenarios. Just last night was watching the YouTube video about the 2011 emergency landing. They didn't have a set of stairs tall enough to reach the cabin door, so personnel there handcrafted an extension.
 
2014-07-13 06:17:53 PM  

UsikFark: [economictimes.indiatimes.com image 640x480]

This one?


They upgraded the place so it's in color now.
 
2014-07-13 06:22:58 PM  

wxboy: Glendale: Scary my ass. Count me in the crowd that would think it's extremely cool to get the rare chance to see one of those diversion airports in person.

I think the scary part is where they thought the plane might be on fire.


Even scarier is the possibility of going down in the Pacific Ocean.

ko_kyi: Does the US government or someone else maintain that airfield?  how often do regular flights go there?


Apparently international aviation organizations supply the money for the upkeep of several of these airfields dotted around the Pacific for just this kind of situation. Otherwise it is just used by the scientists who come to study the wildlife on the atoll. Also, I read somewhere that the population of Midway is 60, mostly to care for the airstrip and to keep people away from the island unless they have the special permission to go there.
 
2014-07-13 06:24:12 PM  
img.fark.net
static.tumblr.com
 
2014-07-13 06:29:07 PM  
Suddenly I had Sabton's Midway song start playing in my head.
 
2014-07-13 06:37:01 PM  
The last time I was there, the water was so clear that we could see dimes on the bottom at 30 feet.
 
2014-07-13 06:39:29 PM  
Dumb question..... but wouldn't that be half the problem???
 
2014-07-13 06:43:33 PM  
Looks like a cool place to go exploring.

The beaches probably wouldn't be too bad either if you could find a spot between all those birds.
 
2014-07-13 06:57:57 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: ko_kyi: Does the US government or someone else maintain that airfield?  how often do regular flights go there?

Wikipedia says the population is currently zero, but there is a page set up by the US Fish and Wildlife department that details some of the things they're doing on the island.

It says that they have no resources to support visitors to the island, so it's unclear if there are people stationed there permanently or if they just fly the park rangers and researchers in from time to time to do their thing and then get out.


Midway has a permanent staff and is always occupied, but none of the people residing there are legal residents of the atoll, if that makes sense. Wake Island is set up the same way--people get hired for jobs out there and stay for a few months to a few years...they go back to the 'real world' for vacation then back out for however long they keep their job. Most leave after a couple of years because both places are -really- isolated. Want to go on a road trip for the weekend? Too bad. Want to buy something? Look it up on Amazon, get it in the mail in two weeks.

/Lived on Wake for 2 years
//Would go back in a minute
///Diving is amazing--surface temps around 80 and 200' visibility every day
 
2014-07-13 07:04:11 PM  

Allen262: There is no Midway Island. There is only a Midway Atoll. It has 3 islands Eastern Island, Sand Island and Spit Island. Eastern Island has the old WWII runway and was abandoned since 1970's and is now a Wildlife Refuge. Sand Island had runways added after WWII and is the one the plane landed on. Spit Island is vary small island.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 713x600]


The runway was in full operation when I was there in 1982!
Very clear water, you could see the tanks, ships, Jeeps and planes either lost or pushed in during WWII all around the island in the water. Doesn't look like it changed much. The Goonie birds have a run of the place now. Very few people can say that they have been there so I am surprised that three have already commented in this thread.
 
2014-07-13 07:04:26 PM  
weekendtrips.com

Did they have clowns?
 
2014-07-13 07:05:41 PM  
Target AF again?
 
2014-07-13 07:08:36 PM  
I thought everybody was praying, and we were coming in on the wings of faith. We were all praying,

Understandable to pray in those circumstances but I don't think it effected the outcome much (or did god put put them in danger only to rescue them? - you know, to show how much or a nice guy he is).
 
2014-07-13 07:19:13 PM  

buzzcut73: TuteTibiImperes: ko_kyi: Does the US government or someone else maintain that airfield?  how often do regular flights go there?

Wikipedia says the population is currently zero, but there is a page set up by the US Fish and Wildlife department that details some of the things they're doing on the island.

It says that they have no resources to support visitors to the island, so it's unclear if there are people stationed there permanently or if they just fly the park rangers and researchers in from time to time to do their thing and then get out.

Midway has a permanent staff and is always occupied, but none of the people residing there are legal residents of the atoll, if that makes sense. Wake Island is set up the same way--people get hired for jobs out there and stay for a few months to a few years...they go back to the 'real world' for vacation then back out for however long they keep their job. Most leave after a couple of years because both places are -really- isolated. Want to go on a road trip for the weekend? Too bad. Want to buy something? Look it up on Amazon, get it in the mail in two weeks.

/Lived on Wake for 2 years
//Would go back in a minute
///Diving is amazing--surface temps around 80 and 200' visibility every day


How does one score a job like that?
 
2014-07-13 07:24:02 PM  

roadkillontheweb: Allen262: There is no Midway Island. There is only a Midway Atoll. It has 3 islands Eastern Island, Sand Island and Spit Island. Eastern Island has the old WWII runway and was abandoned since 1970's and is now a Wildlife Refuge. Sand Island had runways added after WWII and is the one the plane landed on. Spit Island is vary small island.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 713x600]

The runway was in full operation when I was there in 1982!
Very clear water, you could see the tanks, ships, Jeeps and planes either lost or pushed in during WWII all around the island in the water. Doesn't look like it changed much. The Goonie birds have a run of the place now. Very few people can say that they have been there so I am surprised that three have already commented in this thread.


Yeah I was there last weekend. Had to leave to be at the gym in 26 min.
 
2014-07-13 07:27:12 PM  

fusillade762: buzzcut73: TuteTibiImperes: ko_kyi: Does the US government or someone else maintain that airfield?  how often do regular flights go there?

Wikipedia says the population is currently zero, but there is a page set up by the US Fish and Wildlife department that details some of the things they're doing on the island.

It says that they have no resources to support visitors to the island, so it's unclear if there are people stationed there permanently or if they just fly the park rangers and researchers in from time to time to do their thing and then get out.

Midway has a permanent staff and is always occupied, but none of the people residing there are legal residents of the atoll, if that makes sense. Wake Island is set up the same way--people get hired for jobs out there and stay for a few months to a few years...they go back to the 'real world' for vacation then back out for however long they keep their job. Most leave after a couple of years because both places are -really- isolated. Want to go on a road trip for the weekend? Too bad. Want to buy something? Look it up on Amazon, get it in the mail in two weeks.

/Lived on Wake for 2 years
//Would go back in a minute
///Diving is amazing--surface temps around 80 and 200' visibility every day

How does one score a job like that?


Join the Navy, see the world.

It's how my father got there in the mid-60s.
 
2014-07-13 07:30:25 PM  
They bought their tickets. They knew what they were getting into.
 
2014-07-13 07:42:42 PM  

Rangeley Tourist Hunter: fusillade762: buzzcut73: TuteTibiImperes: ko_kyi: Does the US government or someone else maintain that airfield?  how often do regular flights go there?

Wikipedia says the population is currently zero, but there is a page set up by the US Fish and Wildlife department that details some of the things they're doing on the island.

It says that they have no resources to support visitors to the island, so it's unclear if there are people stationed there permanently or if they just fly the park rangers and researchers in from time to time to do their thing and then get out.

Midway has a permanent staff and is always occupied, but none of the people residing there are legal residents of the atoll, if that makes sense. Wake Island is set up the same way--people get hired for jobs out there and stay for a few months to a few years...they go back to the 'real world' for vacation then back out for however long they keep their job. Most leave after a couple of years because both places are -really- isolated. Want to go on a road trip for the weekend? Too bad. Want to buy something? Look it up on Amazon, get it in the mail in two weeks.

/Lived on Wake for 2 years
//Would go back in a minute
///Diving is amazing--surface temps around 80 and 200' visibility every day

How does one score a job like that?

Join the Navy, see the world.

It's how my father got there in the mid-60s.


It looks like getting a gig with the Department of the Interior in Fish and Wildlife is the best route today.
 
2014-07-13 07:57:13 PM  

grimlock1972: Target AF again?


Why, is the freshwater condenser down again?
 
2014-07-13 08:17:37 PM  
Anne Frank finally decided to land her plane after all these years?
 
2014-07-13 08:18:41 PM  
farking CNN milking it for all it worth and then some, having run out of Malaysian flight news. This article is such bullshiat. What the hell is "electrical odor"? Electricity does not smell. Oh you mean smell of burning plastic? That kind of things?

And how the fark would Meredith Che Guevara or whatsername know that the pilot had trouble with radar (if he did). You mean a commercial airline pilot amid what smells like smoke updated passengers to the tune of "I can't use the radar and my cabin is full of smoke?" Please...

And how the fark a possible smoke is related to what an "eyewitness" has described as drop of 40'? I don't even know where to start on this one.
 
2014-07-13 08:22:06 PM  
Great, now I have Battlefield 1942 music in my head...

行くぞ!!
 
2014-07-13 08:23:24 PM  
I wonder how the maintenance facilities are to get this plane checked out.  I am assuming United will have to fly in a maintenance crew to try and get the 777 patched up enough to fly it to Hawaii where they have some better facilities.  Might be a rather nervous flight for the pilots who have to ferry that aircraft back as it appears to be 1300 miles away from Honolulu.
 
2014-07-13 08:38:43 PM  

Billy Liar:


I love his letter opener.
 
2014-07-13 08:38:53 PM  
fusillade762:

How does one score a job like that?

If you're not working for USFWS (in the case of Midway) or in the  USAF (in the case of Wake Island) you need a skill that the base operations contractor needs. Wake has a larger staff, so it's more likely there's a job out there at any given time.
Right now, you need to be a certified air traffic controller or dispatcher, or a firefighter for Wake and there doesn't appear to be anything open on Midway. Anything else you can think of that a small town needs has an associated position. Construction, water system maintenance, power plant, communications, dining hall, etc.

Chugach Alaska Corp is the current BOS contractor for both islands, their website has a listing of positions open with the company by location, including Wake, Midway, and Kwaj.
 
2014-07-13 08:40:38 PM  

RandomTux: This article is such bullshiat. What the hell is "electrical odor"?


Ozone.  Ozone is usually recognized by people as an electrical odor.

/but you're probably right, it was probably burning insulation, since it takes free arcing to make ozone
 
2014-07-13 08:52:45 PM  

cyberspacedout: They bought their tickets. They knew what they were getting into.


Johnny, what can you make of this?
 
2014-07-13 08:53:39 PM  

scotty425: grimlock1972: Target AF again?

Why, is the freshwater condenser down again?


The Kito Budai is on its way!
 
2014-07-13 09:17:36 PM  
"The captain said there was smoke in the cockpit and the radar failed and other electronic systems were failing, so they had to land. I think they landed old-school. They did an amazing job to get there safely," Merveldt-Guevara said.

Unless there's recording of that, I'm calling bullsh*t. Flight crew is trained to avoid saying anything that would incite panic amongst the cattle; "smoke" and "systems failing" are keywords they avoid unless the drink cart is on fire and they can't distract people with a movie.
 
2014-07-13 09:21:33 PM  

CJHardin: [img.fark.net image 637x354]
[static.tumblr.com image 458x443]


They mostly land at night ... Mostly.
 
2014-07-13 09:48:16 PM  
After the pilot said there was smoke in the cockpit there was a pervasive odor in the cabin. But it wasn't electrical.
 
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