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United Airlines flight diverted to remote Pacific island of Midway
Chicago Tribune ^ | July 12, 2014 | Maya Srikrishnan

Posted on 07/12/2014 4:27:32 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement

A United Airlines flight carrying 348 people from Honolulu to Guam was diverted to the tiny Pacific island of Midway because of a “mechanical issue,” the airline said Saturday.

An electrical odor filled the Boeing 777 aircraft and the airline was reviewing the mechanical problem that caused the diversion that occurred Thursday night local time.

Midway Island — a remote, 2.4-square-mile atoll — is located about 1,300 miles northwest of Hawaii and was the site of an important U.S. military base during World War II. It is now home to a national wildlife refuge and has roughly 60 residents.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


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KEYWORDS: aviation; midway; united
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1 posted on 07/12/2014 4:27:32 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

They had to wait while some people left Guam so the balance could be preserved.


2 posted on 07/12/2014 4:28:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

Well, the last thing we want is for the island to “capsize.” ;-)


3 posted on 07/12/2014 4:29:35 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

I always get diverted to places like Duluth, Midway would be extra cool!


4 posted on 07/12/2014 4:30:08 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I prefer Midway to O’Hare.


5 posted on 07/12/2014 4:30:40 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

BRILLIANT!


6 posted on 07/12/2014 4:31:17 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: cripplecreek

7 posted on 07/12/2014 4:31:57 PM PDT by FlJoePa
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To: ConservativeStatement

“...was the site of an important U.S. military base during World War II.”

Huh. That was that thing with Hitler wasn’t it?


8 posted on 07/12/2014 4:33:29 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Maybe they blew an environmental pack. If you blow the turbine you get a lot of smoke.


9 posted on 07/12/2014 4:33:39 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: FlJoePa

LOL


10 posted on 07/12/2014 4:34:33 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: cripplecreek

LOL


11 posted on 07/12/2014 4:35:05 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I’m surprised they didn’t go through a time warp and come out at June 1942.


12 posted on 07/12/2014 4:35:36 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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13 posted on 07/12/2014 4:36:34 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: MUDDOG

Anyone mention seeing the Malyasia Plane at Midway?


14 posted on 07/12/2014 4:36:49 PM PDT by Kackikat (ELECTED officials took an OATH...get off your cowardly a$ses and be A PATRIOT now!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

When did we leave Midway? I was on a plane that landed there in 1973. We also landed at Wake Island. Both of them were nail biters.


15 posted on 07/12/2014 4:36:55 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps. And they're all stupid.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

Then again, maybe I was drunk.


16 posted on 07/12/2014 4:37:50 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps. And they're all stupid.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

In 1978, the Navy downgraded Midway from a Naval Air Station to a Naval Air Facility and large numbers of personnel and dependents began leaving the island. With the war in Vietnam over, and with the introduction of reconnaissance satellites and nuclear submarines, Midway’s significance to U.S. national security was diminished. The World War II facilities at Sand and Eastern Islands were listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 28, 1987 and were simultaneously added as a National Historic Landmark.[11]

As part of the Base Realignment and Closure process, the Navy facility on Midway has been operationally closed since September 10, 1993, although the Navy assumed responsibility for cleaning up environmental contamination at Naval Air Facility Midway.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midway_Atoll


17 posted on 07/12/2014 4:39:16 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

Thank you. I wasn’t drunk after all.


18 posted on 07/12/2014 4:40:22 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps. And they're all stupid.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

A truly great Twilight Zone episode. Rod Serling’s voiceover at the end also classic.


19 posted on 07/12/2014 4:45:37 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: VerySadAmerican

Midway was part of the 93 base closure. The military’s still on Wake.


20 posted on 07/12/2014 4:45:56 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: Kackikat

The only one who ever mentions the Malaysian plane is Coast-to-Coast. George Noory sometimes has on one of the guys who wrote about the TWA 800 crash.


21 posted on 07/12/2014 4:49:07 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: 21twelve

Yes, when the germans bombed Pearl Harbor.;)


22 posted on 07/12/2014 4:49:13 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Google Map Streetview has ground level views of Midway.


23 posted on 07/12/2014 4:49:27 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I landed n Midway in early on my way to the Nam. Pretty sparse terminal facilities at the time.


24 posted on 07/12/2014 4:50:09 PM PDT by x1stcav (Leftism is like rust. It corrodes twenty-four hous a day.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Thank you!

I was thinking my memory was way worse than I thought, since I swear I thought I landed at Midway once, on my way to Guam in the early 1980s on a military charter flight.

IIRC, it was that flight that convinced me to never fly in anything smaller than a DC10...

25 posted on 07/12/2014 5:02:02 PM PDT by sarasmom (Extortion 17. A large number of Navy SEALs died on that mission. Ask why.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Well, that is better than a water landing any day! Twill be interesting how United extricates this flight and its passengers and when.

FYI: Midway was at its peak during the days of the “PanAm Clipper” seaplane flights (Sikorsky S-42, Martin M-130, Boeing 314) between San Francisco and Manila. Max passengers ranged from the M-130’s 36 to the 314’s 74. Flight took a week and stopped overnight at Honolulu, Midway, Wake and Guam.


26 posted on 07/12/2014 5:10:21 PM PDT by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: cripplecreek

lolz


27 posted on 07/12/2014 5:11:02 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: FlJoePa

hahaha


28 posted on 07/12/2014 5:11:25 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
I always get diverted to places like Duluth, Midway would be extra cool!

What???

Midway way is on the south side of Chicago.


29 posted on 07/12/2014 5:19:38 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: cripplecreek

Damn, you beat me to it.


30 posted on 07/12/2014 5:25:48 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: SES1066

A week? We complain now about 12 hour flights.


31 posted on 07/12/2014 5:28:07 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I’m in Midway airport now.


32 posted on 07/12/2014 5:28:51 PM PDT by LiveFree99
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To: x1stcav

Did you fly over on a prop plane?


33 posted on 07/12/2014 5:33:17 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: B4Ranch

Negative. UAL jet of some type.


34 posted on 07/12/2014 5:36:23 PM PDT by x1stcav (Leftism is like rust. It corrodes twenty-four hous a day.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

I remember landing on Wake in `70.

Out the window it looked like a runway

surrounded by water.

You could see masts from ships sticking up in the water.


35 posted on 07/12/2014 5:49:25 PM PDT by Harold Shea
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Michelle Obama was on board, she said great I will take a taxi home.


36 posted on 07/12/2014 6:15:34 PM PDT by Peter ODonnell (Sectarian warfare -- no dog in that hunt)
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To: mountn man

The Japanese were a bigger threat than I thought! I’m glad we had torpedo bombers stationed in Illinois!!


37 posted on 07/12/2014 6:16:01 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: ConservativeStatement
My Dad used to travel quite frequently to Japan during the 50’s.He told of the flights going from San Francisco or LA (can't recall which) to Honolulu...onto Midway...and then to Tokyo.I recall him saying that the stops were all refueling stops.
38 posted on 07/12/2014 6:24:01 PM PDT by SayNoToDems (Will the dancing Hitlers please wait in the wings? We're only seeing singing Hitlers.)
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To: Kackikat

Lol my thoughts exactly when read the headline.


39 posted on 07/12/2014 6:30:36 PM PDT by easternsky
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To: VerySadAmerican
When did we leave Midway? I was on a plane that landed there in 1973. We also landed at Wake Island. Both of them were nail biters.

I was flying into Midway and Wake into the middle 60's. I think they began to shut them down soon after Vietnam as the a/c transiting the Pacific became more and more jet types. They are still aux. fields but rarely ever used. Outsiders can come only with prior permission or as in this case an emergency. Midway's Gooney Bird population was a hoot!Another boon docker was Marcus Island about 1/2 way between Midway and Tokyo. That was one desolate and tight squeeze.

40 posted on 07/12/2014 6:35:27 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

Are they having trouble with their fresh water condenser?


41 posted on 07/12/2014 7:06:57 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: 21twelve
Huh. That was that thing with Hitler wasn’t it?

Midway was the site of a famous battle in WW2. Yamamoto lost.


42 posted on 07/12/2014 7:16:14 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: ConservativeStatement

“An electrical odor filled the Boeing 777 aircraft...”

Hmmmm...related?

Smelling farts could be the best thing you do today [bizarre “health discovery”]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3179273/posts

FReeper comment:

“He’s coding! Quick, pull my finger!”

Someone must have pulled the finger of the guy who just happened to be on this flight.


43 posted on 07/12/2014 7:17:30 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Isn’t that where the gooney birds nest on the runway?


44 posted on 07/12/2014 7:17:47 PM PDT by Western Phil
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To: VerySadAmerican
When did we leave Midway? I was on a plane that landed there in 1973. We also landed at Wake Island. Both of them were nail biters.

Did both of those ,Johnson islands was the worst I ever had pilot almost overshot .had the seat belt marks for almost a week after that landing.It was like landing on an aircraft carrier.

45 posted on 07/12/2014 7:24:08 PM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: piroque

I flew into Midway and Wake also. I was impressed that there were the carcasses of WWII ships beached on Wake and we were at Midway just long enough to refuel. This was 1959-1963.


46 posted on 07/12/2014 7:29:06 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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Mine was back in 93 and 94 . Had my fill of being on a pacific island .If ya know what i mean.http://www.nytimes.com/1993/08/22/world/in-marshall-islands-friday-is-followed-by-sunday.html


47 posted on 07/12/2014 7:54:37 PM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: ArmstedFragg
I was on a C 130 that stopped for the night on Wake Island about 15 years ago. There were not any active duty military personnel stationed there. Although the military runs the Island everyone there was a civilian. Lots of Thais.

From what I was told by the locals the military only comes to Wake for exercises or for missile tests and such.

Breath takingly beautiful there.

48 posted on 07/12/2014 8:29:08 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: cynwoody

Thanks for that photo - I love old ones, and old air photos even more. Yes I know - Midway was one of the big turning points in the war in the Pacific.

I just got a kick out of the explanation in the article. Although I suppose for some it might be the first time they heard of it. Perhaps even the young-buck reporter that did a google search on Midway!


49 posted on 07/12/2014 8:52:35 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I love stopping off in Guam, the bar in the airport has a bunch of memorabilia of when the Pan Am clippers would stop there. Plus landing on islands is cool..


50 posted on 07/12/2014 10:04:28 PM PDT by montanajoe
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