Unusual: Blocked runway at Guayaquil, and earthquake in Salt Lake

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Guayaquil Airport deployed vehicles on the runway to prevent the landing of an Iberia airline plane arriving from Madrid, while that of Salt Lake City was partially flooded following an earthquake. And in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, a passenger and a flight attendant came to blows during a Brussels Airlines flight last week.

Iberia flight IB6453 was to connect its Madrid base with Guayaquil-José Joaquín de Olmedo Airport, with an unknown number of travelers. But when the pilots of the Airbus A340-600 arrived for landing on March 18, 2020, the runway was congested with vehicles: the airport had decided to apply to the letter the government instructions which prohibit entry into Ecuador of nationals from countries affected by the pandemic. The plane ended up landing in the capital Quito.




Unusual runway

Guayaquil officials have blocked the runway to prevent international aircraft from landing

Publiée par Boeingeek sur Jeudi 19 mars 2020

El Comercio said the Ecuadorian embassy in Spain reported on Wednesday morning that the Ecuadorian government had not authorized the arrival of flights « with passengers regardless of nationality from Spain » announced the day before by Iberia. The latter had scheduled three last flights to repatriate Ecuadorian citizens, one to Guayaquil and two to Quito. Iberia « will comply with the layout and the flights will arrive, although empty, » said Víctor Moneo, director of sales for Iberia, on social media; only the departure of passengers to Madrid will be authorized.




In Utah, where 63 cases of coronavirus were recorded, it was not the pandemic that caused problems at the Salt Lake City airport, but an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 on the scale of Richter. A terminal was partially flooded, the closure for almost seven hours of the platform causing the diversion of all the planned flights. No one was injured and there were few passengers present anyway, local press reported, some 200 flights were diverted or canceled, and a mobile control tower was dispatched by the FAA. The 23rd airport in the United States hosts twelve airlines, mainly Delta Air Lines, which operates a base there.




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