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A330 sunk in Turkey for diving.

Old 15th Jun 2019, 11:01
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A330 sunk in Turkey for diving.

Looks ex-Saudi Arabian by the livery.

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-eu...diving-tourism
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30m down is only for serious divers.
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Itís the BBC. It could be less. But that being said, the 330 from bottom of fuselage to tail is around 15m high.
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Old 15th Jun 2019, 12:01
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Originally Posted by Farrell View Post
Looks ex-Saudi Arabian by the livery.
Turkish charter operators often charter out short term to Saudi for the Hadj, and go to the expense of repainting in Saudi livery.
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Old 15th Jun 2019, 12:51
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More that one can't stay that deep for too long. Usual media bull. 15-mts is ideal
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Originally Posted by Dubaian View Post
30m down is only for serious divers.
Not really. PADI will let you do 30m within your first 8 dives ever. It's a normal limit for recreational diving, but in no way is for experts only.
It's also a great depth for sinking ships, aircraft etc. Deep enough to be below the waves in any storm, deep enough to keep people's dwell times to around 30min max so less crowded and less damage, but the top would be at ~25m, or ~20m if it's sitting on its gear, so well withing the reach of even novice divers (normally limited to 18m)
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Old 15th Jun 2019, 13:40
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It's A330-342 ex Onur Air, TC-OCB, cn 098.Built for Dragonair 1995 as VR-HYA. Opf Saudia between 2010 and 2016, retired 2017 at Antalya.

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Must be the week for this type of exercise. Bahrain have just sunk a 747 for the benefit of divers.
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It is quite popular to do divesites with purpose sunk wrecks in Turkey. There were a few dive sites having ex military planes. Below is a photo when we sunk a C-47 that Turkish Air Force donated in Mordogan, Turkey in 2011.

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A 737 was sunk to form a new reef off of Vancouver Island.
Boeing 737
Eleven years later here is how it evolved.
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Maybe there is a use for the 737 max after all.
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Another B737 artificial reef

Originally Posted by Longtimer View Post
A 737 was sunk to form a new reef off of Vancouver Island.
Boeing 737
Eleven years later here is how it evolved.
https://vimeo.com/200055049
I recall Air Nuigini attempted to make an artificial reef in Chuuk Lagoon last year.
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Originally Posted by Newforest2 View Post
Must be the week for this type of exercise. Bahrain have just sunk a 747 for the benefit of divers.

More on that here:

https://worldairlinenews.com/2019/06...er-scuba-park/

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Now the 747 must be impressive. Diving (Iíve done a couple of 5m discover dives) is definitely on my list of things I want to do. Must take a lot of care to ensure thereís nothing left on the airframe that can ultimately decompose and contaminate the environment, Iíd have thought.
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Originally Posted by Jump Complete View Post
Must take a lot of care to ensure thereís nothing left on the airframe that can ultimately decompose and contaminate the environment, Iíd have thought.
Watched a program on TV a while back about the 737 they sank off Vancouver Island, and the aircraft prep work took months for just that reason.
There is an area off Waikiki in Hawaii where they've sunk some old ships and aircraft roughly 30 meters deep that you can go see in a (tourist) submarine (I did that with my wife a few years ago). They said it costs a fortune to prepare the ships and such for sinking to meet all the environmental rules and regulations.

One would hope that they take similar care in other parts of the world, but I'm not optimistic that's the case.

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What about the TK A330 crashed in Kathmandu?
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Old 16th Jun 2019, 22:49
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Originally Posted by Dubaian
30m down is only for serious divers.
Not really. PADI will let you do 30m within your first 8 dives ever. It's a normal limit for recreational diving, but in no way is for experts only.
Just because you can dive that deep doesn't mean it's a good idea if you want to spend a lot of time looking around.

https://www.naui.org/resources/dive-tables-review/

You can spend 22 minutes at 30 meters before worrying about the bends.
It rises to 55 minutes at 18 meters, which is much safer if you become enthralled with the location.

P.S., Don't go on a long flight the day after diving.
Experiencing an atmospheric pressure equivalent to 8000 feet above sea level throws the dive tables way out of whack.
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Is that's what's needed ? More plastic in the ocean. Yummy ! Yummy ! Says all in the food chain, when those honeycomb composite/plastic panels and the carbon fibre wing boxes start to disintegrate.

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Originally Posted by NAROBS View Post
Is that's what's needed ? More plastic in the ocean. Yummy ! Yummy ! Says all in the food chain, when those honeycomb composite/plastic panels and the carbon fibre wing boxes start to disintegrate.

Nick
Looks like all the composite parts (flight control surfaces, wing to body fairings etc.) have been removed. There are no composites in the main structure of the A330.
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Originally Posted by visibility3miles View Post
P.S., Don't go on a long flight the day after diving.
Experiencing an atmospheric pressure equivalent to 8000 feet above sea level throws the dive tables way out of whack.
Actually, it's not a good idea to take a flight on any pressurized aircraft a day or so after diving, though that will also depend on what type of diving you've done. A lot of newer dive computers -- even mine, for that matter, and its not so new -- offer FLY/NO FLY displays that account for your dive depths and times and calculate when you're good to get back in the air.
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