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Hard Landing causes Pothole in Runway at LGA: Airlive

Discussion in 'Airport News, Talk & Discussion' started by Lord Leighton, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    A plane landing at LaGuardia Airport blew out a chunk of concrete on the runway as it was coming down, and flights were backed up for over an hour as crews repaired the runway, airport sources say.

    Runway 31 was closed as workers repaved the hole, about 8 feet by 2 feet, officials said.

    That left just one runway open at the airport, creating a bottleneck of flights trying to get in and out through the afternoon and evening. Departing flights were delayed over an hour, and ariving flights were delayed about a half-hour.

    The runway was repaired and reopened by 8:30 p.m.

    Runway 31 at LaGuardia Airport was closed Wednesday evening as workers repaved a large pothole in the runway. (Published Wednesday, March 9, 2016)
    Neal Buccino, a spokesman for Port Authority, which oversees the three New York City-area airports, said a pilot on a departing flight noticed the damage shortly after 3 p.m. and reported it.

    Air traffic recordings captured the pilot's report to the controller: "There's a bunch of debris on the runway, just off the right side of the aircraft," the pilot is heard saying. "It looks like a piece of concrete off the number three on the runway, the number completely blown off."

    Buccino could not immediately confirm whether it was a landing plane that caused the giant pothole, saying the Port Authority was investigating the cause.

    Passengers on various flights reported being stuck on waiting planes as they lined up for the single free runway.

    "Been waiting for an hour in plane... the pilot just informed us we are #49 for takeoff!"

    "On the runway at LaGuardia 17 aircraft deep while they fix potholes on the runway,"

    "Pothole closes runway at LGA. 30th in line. Hope they rebuilding this stinking airport soon,"

    People on arriving flights were no less impatient.

    "In Miami, we sat in the plane for 45 minutes before took off," said Christine Moran of Tribeca. "They told us one of the runways here was down. And then we circled for another 30 to 45 minutes before landed here."

    "They said that the inbound flight from Montreal was going to be delayed, so that was first delayed a half-hour, then it went to over an hour, then it was two and a half hourse," said Miles Zalkin, who flew in from Montreal.

    A plane landing at LaGuardia Airport blew out a chunk of concrete on the runway as it was coming down, and flights were backed up for over an hour as crews repaired the runway, airport sources say.

    Runway 31 was closed as workers repaved the hole, about 8 feet by 2 feet, officials said.
     
  2. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Had to be a pretty hard landing to cause a 8 ft x 2 ft pothole in a 2 ft thick runway surface! o_O
     
  3. Shawn White

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    It seems unlikely that a hard landing would damage the runway like that. If the impact was hard enough to rip off a chunk of concrete it would have definitely blown the tires and probably damaged the landing gear structure as well. Probably it was actually caused by the cold temperatures over time, or maybe something like a sinkhole forming? Then a hard landing would have ripped it off or dislodged the debris, but I don't think it would actually cause it?
     
  4. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    I was bein sarcastic lol. I was gonna say, the plane would have had to make a nose first landing to go right through. LGA is one of the most over taxed airports in the world usage wise.
     
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    Haha yeah I agree with you. Flew into LGA over Thanksgiving break and it was not an amazing experience.
     
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    At the time they were landing on Runway 22 and departing on runway 13.
    The hole was right at the beginning by the numbers of runway 13 (not 31).
    I!m just guessing but probably just good old fashion wear and tear from the winter
    Combined with a lot of jet blast. Not a fun night!
     
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    In Ireland we have potholes too. Not on our runways but on the smaller country roads, due to lack of maintenance certainly. One day I was driving behind one of the "locals", he was zig-zagging like mad. Was he drunk or what I wonder. Eh, no, he was avoiding the potholes;) So I did the same, as we were going through A "bad patch":p Would be more different doing that with a B-777!

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    My understanding is the airport was built on a landfill. Growing up in the area I recall news articles about the airport always sinking, "just a bit" each year
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    ...They don't cAll the place LaGarbage for nothing!
     
  10. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    In the Detroit area some have bumper stickers that say, "I'm not drunk, I'm avoiding potholes!" ;)
     
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    Nice one L.L.:D!

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