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Newcastle Airport Closed

Old 5th Aug 2008, 16:33
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Newcastle Airport Closed

BBC COPY:


It's confirmed that an RAF
Tornado jet has come off the runway as it came in to land at Newcastle Airport.
The airport's only runway is closed, and planes are circling.
Plans to divert flights to nearby Durham Tees Valley Airport can't go ahead, because that airport is also dealing with an incdient.
A Newcastle Airport spokesman says the
Tornado had been the victim of a "bird strike", but it's not known if that caused it to go off the runway.
It all happened at 5pm.
A spokesman for the RAF has also confirmed the incident, and says the crew is safe and well.
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Old 5th Aug 2008, 16:58
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Talking to some guysin the crew-room at NCL it seems ambulances and fire crews are swarming the 25threshold, rumours that the Tornado crew are injured after diverting in NCL following a birdstrike and leaving the runway. Apparently it may have taken out the ILS with fog forcast.
The FO also mentioned someting about radiation worries, from the radar perhaps?

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Old 5th Aug 2008, 17:16
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From Eurocontrol CFMU

TACT/CASA MESSAGE : XCD CLOSURE - EGNT
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REF : CLOSURE OF EGNT AERODROME
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DUE TO : RWY CLOSED DUE TO AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT
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FCM : FCM MUST CONTAIN THE REGULATION ID
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REG ID : EGNTA05
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VALID : WEF: 1620 UNTIL: 1940 UTC
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TFC : DEST EGNT
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REMARKS : -FLIGHTS INTENDING TO OPERATE AFTER THE CLOSURE MUST
SEND AN FCM AND WILL RECEIVE A SAM/SRM ACCORDING TO
THE RE-OPENING TIME. FCM MUST CONTAIN THE REGULATION
ID
-FLIGHTS DIVERTING AND NOT YET DEPARTED MUST CNL THE
FPL AND RE-FILE TO ALTERNATE AERODROME
-FLIGHTS NOT INTENDING TO OPERATE MUST CNL THEIR
FPL BY SENDING A CNL MESSAGE.
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CFMU OPERATIONS DIVISION - BRUSSELS
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Old 5th Aug 2008, 17:29
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According to the local news here the airport remains closed because of radioactivity?
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Old 5th Aug 2008, 17:34
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According to an airport spokesperson on the BBC its radiation from a flare?!?

BBC NEWS | England | Tyne | RAF Tornado jet overshoots runway
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Old 5th Aug 2008, 18:19
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An RAF jet has crash-landed at Newcastle Airport after apparently colliding with a bird.

The Tornado, from RAF Marham in Norfolk, was diverted to the airport, where it landed at about 1700 BST and overshot the end of the runway.
An MoD spokesman said the two crew were not seriously injured and an inquiry into the crash would be held. The airport's only runway is currently closed and flights are being diverted to Durham Tees Valley and Manchester.
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Old 5th Aug 2008, 18:24
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Heard about this on Newsbeat this evening - they said flights couldnt divert to Durham tees Valley due to them dealing with "a problem" there. Anyone know what occured there, if anything??
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Old 5th Aug 2008, 18:30
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Second Tornado with birdstrike.
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Old 5th Aug 2008, 18:31
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Heard about this on Newsbeat this evening - they said flights couldnt divert to Durham tees Valley due to them dealing with "a problem" there. Anyone know what occured there, if anything??
BBC News says another Tornado also suffered a birdstrike and was going to land at Durham (presumably as an emergency!) but then continued to RAF Leeming. So probably that.
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Old 5th Aug 2008, 18:35
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I've put up a photo of the Marham jet at EGNT on the Military Aircrew section of the forum.
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Old 5th Aug 2008, 18:53
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I can tell you the radioactivity line came from an official airport source.

Northumbria Police voicebank also says the aircraft involved was a fighter jet.

Clearly not.

If duff into is coming from official sources it is little wonder mistakes are made in the media.
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Old 5th Aug 2008, 21:09
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The radioactive danger is a 'target' that was onboard the Tornado, apparently the Fire services at NT weren't prepared to go near the thing and were waiting for proper assistance!
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Old 5th Aug 2008, 22:17
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Old 6th Aug 2008, 00:28
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Bother!

Arrived with 27 mins holding for MME. Decided that I would divert with MMe +10 mins. At that point I asked for div but NCL approach said MME were not taking any more divs because they had ANOTHER military jet on an emergency, so we went to EDI landing with not much fuel.

All the holes lined up tonight. Stick PLOG fuel up your creek.
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Old 6th Aug 2008, 08:29
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"Stick plog fuel up your creek"

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that crashed aircraft on runway=very long delay therefore not much point hanging around!
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Old 6th Aug 2008, 09:10
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The radioactive danger is a 'target' that was onboard the Tornado, apparently the Fire services at NT weren't prepared to go near the thing and were waiting for proper assistance!
Probably the Sky Shadow pod, they have radiation hazard markings on them.
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But of course, that would require:

a. Accurate communication.
b. Real decision making.
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Old 6th Aug 2008, 23:06
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The Tornado...

Interesting quote on tonight's local news.

"An airport worker reported the speed of the jet to be about 300mph as it touched down"

Answers on a postcard please, and an urgent medical for the person who reported seeing that. Speed was very high, but 300mph?
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airport police officer with a speed gun?
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Pity its my home airport.
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