Thunderstorms with Lightning… very very frightening (for airports)?Back to Forum
My previous experiences flying to NAIA (Manila) have been the usual normal airport issues – slight delays, long immigration queues and not that great layout designs experiences. The staff/ground crew there have always been super polite and professional.
…Until last Sun (9 Jun), when this happen:
Stuck on the tarmac for 3hrs in a planes traffic-jam (no take-offs, landed plans cannot get to terminals etc. chain effects), with ground crews pulled back (inside) due to “Red Alert” (lightning risk) situation.
While I have only flew Typhoon season in/out from the superior (in many ways) Chek Lap Kok (HKIA)… Writing here to ask if anyone else experienced such “lightning lock down” before?
My gut field might be some sort of lack of investment in lightning arresters/divertors around the terminals that resulted in Sunday’s highly unusual situation.
Any folks have similar experiences?
Or if engineering/technical solutions for such situation?12 Jun 2019
To me it is not at all unusual. Have been stuck at HKIA a few times when the airport has been closed as a result of lightning and thunderstorms. Also in SIN, and at DFW. Although aircraft can fly through thunderstorms, I am fairly sure that taking off into one, or landing through one, is not a brilliant idea. I have also been diverted on approach to land in SE Asia, and even in Faro.
Refuelling is also not allowed when lightning may strike, for obvious reasons.12 Jun 2019
alanred13Participant12 Jun 2019
🙂 Was actually hoping some of the affected SE Asia countries’ airport get in touch with their best/brightest local universities – and develop an autonomous (aka “Robot”) vehicle that can navigate-tow the affected plans into a safe area (protected hanger with plenty of grounded lighting arresters?), so that at least, affected (landed) passengers can disembark! Perhaps I need to twitter Tony Stark about this!! 😀 LOL!12 Jun 2019
Reduce airport traffic to a minimum, or close an airport to all traffics, due to severe weather conditions, is a standard safety procedure in aviation
During a severe thunderstorm, all airport’s ground activity is stopped, and all incoming flights are put on hold (if possible) or are diverted to other airports14 Jun 2019
I’m very happy the aircraft stays on the ground during a thunderstorm. I’d much rather arrive late, even miss a connection, than not arrive at all.
I’ve been delayed umpteen times, SIN, JNB, ZRH, DLA to name a few. I’ve also landed during some horrendous storms, though not directly over the airport, but bad enough to give some serious turbulence.17 Jun 2019
Worst landing ever, was at Alicante
So bad I was wishing that the pilot would instigate a go around or even divert.
And I’m a good flyer, having said that the drunken hen party behind seemed to take it in their stride, singing a variety of colourful songs and performing an impromptu Mexican wave as we bounced about the place.
Worst take-off was from Bali on a Garuda 747.
Never taken off in such a dark (black) sky with torrential rain bouncing off the wings. Absolutely, but not literally shat my pants when it dropped significantly just after take-off
It reminds me, that people aren’t afraid of flying, its more about loss of control over your own destiny24 Jun 2019