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40 aircraft destroyed in last week's Alabama tornadoes

Discussion in 'Airport News, Talk & Discussion' started by Lord Leighton, Mar 6, 2019.

  1. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Anyone want to buy a Hondajet cheap?

    Here's one from 20 years ago- My friend lost a Twin Beech in this one. 140+ planes destroyed in minutes.

    https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-1998-02-04-9802040053-story.html

    Blasted by tornado winds of up to 160 mph on Monday night, North Perry Airport resembled a war zone on Tuesday. Forty planes were destroyed and 41 damaged, many blown over on their backs and strewn across the fields.

    Opa-locka Airport in north Miami-Dade County was hit even worse. At least 140 planes were severely damaged or destroyed, including a DC-3 that flipped into a canal.

    The two airports were the hardest hit by Monday's tempest, which cut a swath of destruction from Key West to Fort Lauderdale.

    North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines sustained at least $3 million in damage. It reached $10 million to $15 million at Opa-locka Airport.

    No one was injured at any of the airfields.

    At North Perry Airport, the roofs of several hangars and buildings buckled or were torn off. Dozens of planes were ripped from their moorings by the howling winds, flew up, rolled over and smashed down. Some crumpled like a wad of paper. Wings and propellers were everywhere.

    "I wasn't prepared for what I saw," said Ron Spivey of Cooper City as he and his wife, Bev, inspected their demolished $52,000 Piper Arrow on Tuesday. "It just makes you heartsick."

    On the north end of the field, a hangar door weighing more than a ton came off its tracks and smashed into about a dozen planes.

    "Then we got airplanes that were blown into the hangar, plastered on the wall like wallpaper," North Perry Airport spokesman Jim Reynolds said.

    North Perry Airport remained closed until 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, while crews cleaned up debris.

    At Opa-locka Airport, one small plane was pinned against a chain-link fence, nose down. A DC-3 and a large twin-engine Beechcraft lay upside down in a canal, about 400 yards from their tie-downs.

    Siding torn from hangar doors and roofs was wrapped around planes and light poles like aluminum foil. Small planes by the dozens lay broken in half or upside down on taxiways.

    At Miami International Airport, winds up to 104 mph wrecked 11 general aviation airplanes. That included a DC-3 that careened into a water-processing plant on Northwest 36th Street.

    For airline passengers, however, the storm wasn't as devastating.

    Thirty-five flights were canceled and dozens of others delayed. The airport was shut down at 8:20 p.m. Monday for about a half-hour, MIA spokesman Hernando Vergara said.

    Vergara said he flew into Miami International on an America West Airbus during the storm.

    "The worst ride I've ever had," he said. "There were places the plane would drop tremendously. You could hear the engines roar to climb up again."

    Farther north, the storm's menace was not as bad.

    Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was closed for about 15 minutes, Reynolds said. Two flights were canceled, and numerous planes were delayed.

    Palm Beach International Airport experienced little disruption, spokeswoman Lisa Waters said.
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    terrible damage......:(
     
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