Skip to comments.United Airlines flight diverted to remote Pacific island of Midway
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.
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They had to wait while some people left Guam so the balance could be preserved.
Well, the last thing we want is for the island to “capsize.” ;-)
I always get diverted to places like Duluth, Midway would be extra cool!
I prefer Midway to O’Hare.
“...was the site of an important U.S. military base during World War II.”
Huh. That was that thing with Hitler wasn’t it?
Maybe they blew an environmental pack. If you blow the turbine you get a lot of smoke.
I’m surprised they didn’t go through a time warp and come out at June 1942.
Anyone mention seeing the Malyasia Plane at Midway?
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.
Then again, maybe I was drunk.
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.
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.
Thank you. I wasn’t drunk after all.
A truly great Twilight Zone episode. Rod Serling’s voiceover at the end also classic.
Midway was part of the 93 base closure. The military’s still on Wake.
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.
Yes, when the germans bombed Pearl Harbor.;)
Google Map Streetview has ground level views of Midway.
I landed n Midway in early on my way to the Nam. Pretty sparse terminal facilities at the time.
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...
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.
Midway way is on the south side of Chicago.
Damn, you beat me to it.
A week? We complain now about 12 hour flights.
I’m in Midway airport now.
Did you fly over on a prop plane?
Negative. UAL jet of some type.
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.
Michelle Obama was on board, she said great I will take a taxi home.
The Japanese were a bigger threat than I thought! I’m glad we had torpedo bombers stationed in Illinois!!
Lol my thoughts exactly when read the headline.
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.
Are they having trouble with their fresh water condenser?
Midway was the site of a famous battle in WW2. Yamamoto lost.
“An electrical odor filled the Boeing 777 aircraft...”
Smelling farts could be the best thing you do today [bizarre “health discovery”]
Hes coding! Quick, pull my finger!
Someone must have pulled the finger of the guy who just happened to be on this flight.
Isn’t that where the gooney birds nest on the runway?
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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..
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