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40 Injured in American Airlines Crash at Jamaica Airport

  1. glendoncaba profile image80
    glendoncabaposted 8 years ago

    Thank God no fatalities reported but a friend on Facebook wrote it on his wall and I just double checked. True.

    I live in middle of island but we have been having rain all day.  My wife was in Kingston today and said it has been raining in the city too. 

    Evidently the flight in question overshot the runway while landing in rain.

    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/40-passe … ca-airport

    Does not help my fear of flying.  And I fly regularly on business. 

    I used to work at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management so I know that the emergency services have been trained to deal with this sort of thing.  At least back then.

    Well, well, well...passengers have been complaining of inadequate responses.  Perhaps they are used to the dozens of ambulances and fire engines in USA.  Down here we are a bit stretched.

  2. glendoncaba profile image80
    glendoncabaposted 8 years ago

    Thank God for this Miracle on the Palisadoes.

    Echoes of the Miracle on the Hudson.

  3. Randy Godwin profile image94
    Randy Godwinposted 8 years ago

    I've landed at Mo Bay many times but never in Kingston.  Are the runways at Kingston similar to Mo Bay,Glendoncaba?  Short and ending in the Caribbean?

    1. glendoncaba profile image80
      glendoncabaposted 8 years agoin reply to this


      I don't know if it is fair to classify them as short but in this case the pilot overshot the runway; he landed too late so he ended up in a sand dune on the other side of the main road which runs near airport.  I will do more research to see if they are considered short in aviation industry.

      Kingston airport:  From this site:  http://www.nmia.aero/about_us/facts_sheet/

      24 hour operation
      13 aircraft gates & 2 remote stands
      9 passenger loading bridges (PLB)
      Parking positions - up to Boeing 747-400 (Code E)
      Runway: 12/30, Length: 2,716m (8,910 ft.), Elevation: 3 m (10 ft.)
      One parallel taxiway with four linked taxiways, including one high-speed exit Competitive ground handling and fueling services
      General Aviation Center with passenger waiting area and pilots’ lounge
      In-flight kitchen and catering service on-site
      Fuel Farm on-site, supplying Avgas 100LL & Jet A-1
      Cargo facilities
      IFR and VFR landing capabilities

      And Mobay airport  from this site:

      Runway Information

      The Sangster International Airport has 1 Runway (07/25) with an overall length of 2653M and a width of 46M. The runway surface type is asphalt concrete and is capable of accommodating an aircraft sized B747.

      An instrument landing system (ILS) is fitted on the primary runway, which also has a lighting system to accommodate night operations.

  4. Victor Fya profile image54
    Victor Fyaposted 8 years ago

    I dont know, buddy smile sorry, but I only love the jamaican music and culture, but I didnt have the opportunity to visit them yet tongue


  5. glendoncaba profile image80
    glendoncabaposted 8 years ago

    Gotta run now but just saw this in wikipedia:

    A runway of at least 6,000 ft (1,829 m) in length is usually adequate for aircraft weights below approximately 200,000 lb (90,718 kg). Larger aircraft including widebodies will usually require at least 8,000 ft (2,438 m) at sea level and somewhat more at higher altitude airports. International widebody flights, which carry substantial amounts of fuel and are therefore heavier, may also have landing requirements of 10,000 ft (3,048 m) or more and takeoff requirements of 13,000 ft (3,962 m)+.
    At sea level, 10,000 ft (3,048 m) can be considered an adequate length to land virtually any aircraft. For example, at O'Hare International, when landing simultaneously on 22R and 27L or parallel 27R, it is routine for arrivals from the Far East which would normally be vectored for 22R (7,500 ft (2,286 m)) or 27R (8,000 ft (2,438 m)) to request 27L (10,000 ft (3,048 m)). It is always accommodated, although occasionally with a delay.
    An aircraft will need a longer runway at a higher altitude due to decreased density of air at higher altitudes, which reduces lift and engine power. An aircraft will also require a longer runway in hotter or more humid conditions (see density altitude). Most commercial aircraft carry manufacturer's tables showing the adjustments required for a given temperature.