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Midway: Southwest Plane Crashes through fence.
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Posted on 12/08/2005 5:37:35 PM PST by sharkhawk

A plane has apparently crashed through a fence at Midway airport in Chicago. Southwest airline 737 plane now sitting in intersection of 55th and Central. Channel 7 has confirmed, fire and ambulances on way. Details still sketchy.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: aviation; bushsfault; chicago; chicagomidwayairport; flight1248; hatewhenthathappens; illinois; kmdw; mdw; oops; planecrash; swa; zaucenter
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1 posted on 12/08/2005 5:37:35 PM PST by sharkhawk
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To: sharkhawk

Ice-related, I would bet.


2 posted on 12/08/2005 5:38:04 PM PST by AmishDude (Your corporate slogan could be here! FReepmail me for my confiscatory rates.)
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To: sharkhawk

Another Burbank?


3 posted on 12/08/2005 5:38:15 PM PST by cardinal4
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To: sharkhawk

Prayers for safety of passengers, crew and people on the street


4 posted on 12/08/2005 5:38:39 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: sharkhawk

First reports are that it was a flight out of either Baltimore or DC and headed to Vegas.


5 posted on 12/08/2005 5:39:38 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: sharkhawk

This should make for an interesting episode of A&E's Airline.


6 posted on 12/08/2005 5:39:42 PM PST by H. Paul Pressler IV
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To: sharkhawk
Opps!!!!
7 posted on 12/08/2005 5:40:39 PM PST by Popman (In politics, ideas are more important than individuals.)
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To: sharkhawk
Note to Southwest:

Hire more ex-Navy pilots.

8 posted on 12/08/2005 5:40:47 PM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: sharkhawk

Ice on the runway?


9 posted on 12/08/2005 5:41:06 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: sharkhawk

Hope no one is hurt...

"Southwest airline 737 plane now sitting in intersection of 55th and Central"

This just strikes me as wrong...


10 posted on 12/08/2005 5:41:22 PM PST by dakine
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To: AmishDude

Yeah, we have about 5 to 6 inches here. CLTV reporting plane is 737 sitting about halfway into street.


11 posted on 12/08/2005 5:41:48 PM PST by sharkhawk (Bear Down Chicago Bears)
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To: AmishDude
"You are now free to move about the tarmac".

Sorry, that might be in bad taste...I really do hope no one is hurt.

12 posted on 12/08/2005 5:41:50 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: sharkhawk

KCBS says that the plane has a struck some type of a building.


13 posted on 12/08/2005 5:42:07 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: Popman

I think you mean "ooops."


14 posted on 12/08/2005 5:42:24 PM PST by It's me
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To: sharkhawk; davidosborne; Dashing Dasher

Any bets some of the last words on the CVR were "OOOHHHH $&!T"


15 posted on 12/08/2005 5:42:26 PM PST by ChefKeith ( If Diplomacy worked, then we would be sitting here talking... And I'm getting sick of talking!)
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To: sharkhawk

Hoping all are ok.

Used to work at Midway, fueling commercial and private aircraft. Southwest was one of our commercial accounts. During iffy weather the large planes often had trouble with Midways short runways.


16 posted on 12/08/2005 5:42:31 PM PST by moehoward
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To: sharkhawk; admin
Sorry, beat my post. Admin, please delete my thread.

Hope that the passengers will be ok.

17 posted on 12/08/2005 5:42:33 PM PST by Tench_Coxe
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To: dakine

Stuck in Chicago traffic - it ain't going nowhere...


18 posted on 12/08/2005 5:42:34 PM PST by over3Owithabrain
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To: dakine

Midway is an airport sitting right in the middle of a Chicago neighborhood. The runways are very close to 55th and Central.


19 posted on 12/08/2005 5:43:09 PM PST by sharkhawk (Bear Down Chicago Bears)
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To: AmishDude

A lot of snow here in Chicago tonight. I think more than was expected.

I believe 55th goes along the north side of Midway. There is a wall that runs along 55th, some of it chain link. Sounds like the jet skidded through the wall.


20 posted on 12/08/2005 5:43:19 PM PST by Thane_Banquo ("Give a man a fish, make him a Democrat. Teach a man to fish, make him a Republican.")
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To: dakine

I hope the pilot has his turn signals on.


21 posted on 12/08/2005 5:43:39 PM PST by Sender (Team Infidel USA)
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To: sharkhawk

Another Southwest plane rushing to the gate, like they always do.

We used to call it Skidway, crappy assed airport.


22 posted on 12/08/2005 5:43:45 PM PST by Central Scrutiniser (Christmas is annoying, Happy Festivus)
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To: sharkhawk
Anti-skid set to "ON". Check.

Prayers for the crew and passengers.

/john

23 posted on 12/08/2005 5:43:49 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (D@mit! I'm just a cook. Don't make me come over there and prove it!)
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To: piasa

#3 wire please


24 posted on 12/08/2005 5:43:56 PM PST by ChefKeith ( If Diplomacy worked, then we would be sitting here talking... And I'm getting sick of talking!)
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To: AmishDude

I don't know what the temp. is in Chicago right now. I could definitely see an ice scenario: ice buildup on the wings so that they can't get airborne, too fast and too far down the runway for an RTO. Bad news, I hope everybody is OK.


25 posted on 12/08/2005 5:44:06 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("Sharpei diem - Seize the wrinkled dog.")
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To: sharkhawk
First link to an AP story via the Tribune. No new info as of yet.
26 posted on 12/08/2005 5:44:12 PM PST by Turbopilot (Nothing in the above post is or should be construed as legal research, analysis, or advice.)
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To: hsalaw

>>>Ice on the runway?<<<

That, or brakes went out...


27 posted on 12/08/2005 5:45:01 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (You know you have bird flu if you have usual flu symptoms + desire to crap on freshly washed cars.)
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To: sharkhawk

Well I checked FOX...Oreilly is interviewing Howard Stern. This is OBVIIOUSLY the real news.bwahahahahahahaa!


28 posted on 12/08/2005 5:45:21 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: moehoward

It is quite a trip taking off from Midway. I've been on planes at least twice that have aborted takeoffs and gone back to try again.


29 posted on 12/08/2005 5:45:34 PM PST by sharkhawk (Bear Down Chicago Bears)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

NAh. This will be in Fox News Alerts for the next 4 hours. I'd rather see the remaining 3 minutes of the stern interview now.


30 posted on 12/08/2005 5:46:21 PM PST by College Repub
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To: Turbopilot

Your link says attempting to land. Sounds like they made it. Prayers for all aboard and in it's path.


31 posted on 12/08/2005 5:46:28 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: sharkhawk

I drove by there about an hour before the crash although I was on the Cicero side. The traffic light at 63rd was out. I'm surprised they're flying in this.


32 posted on 12/08/2005 5:47:07 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Turbopilot

CLTV-Chicago is reporting that a car is trapped under the plane, which is "nose down".


33 posted on 12/08/2005 5:47:24 PM PST by plymaniac (W04)
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To: cardinal4

Ahhh, Beautiful Burbank!!! Fill er up! ($1.55)

34 posted on 12/08/2005 5:47:27 PM PST by BurbankKarl (NRA EPL)
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To: Aaron0617
I used to daily commute on 55th passed Central on my way to Harlem. Yes, there is a metal fence on 55th but as you approach the Central/55th intersection that is a wall.

I hope everyone is okay.

35 posted on 12/08/2005 5:47:41 PM PST by Aaron0617
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To: Sender

I hope the pilot has his resume ready.


36 posted on 12/08/2005 5:48:00 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: CindyDawg

I doubt there were serious injuries or deaths on the plane; I think the question is whether anyone driving on the road the plane stopped on was hurt.


37 posted on 12/08/2005 5:48:52 PM PST by Turbopilot (Nothing in the above post is or should be construed as legal research, analysis, or advice.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Latest news is at least one injury on ground, plane has been evacuated. Plane was landing and wasn't able to complete landing roll. Apparently about 9 inches of snow at Midway, visibility about 1/4 mile.


38 posted on 12/08/2005 5:49:03 PM PST by sharkhawk (Bear Down Chicago Bears)
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To: sharkhawk

Man that's no good. Never saw that. Have seen many Southwest planes abort landing at Midway though.


39 posted on 12/08/2005 5:49:27 PM PST by moehoward
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To: Chi-townChief

Yeah, took my Mom to visit Grandpa today, he lives at 55th and Kedzie. Passed that intersection around 1:00 today.


40 posted on 12/08/2005 5:50:14 PM PST by sharkhawk (Bear Down Chicago Bears)
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To: sharkhawk
Plane now sitting at intersection of 55th and Central

They must have turned left at 54th.

41 posted on 12/08/2005 5:50:15 PM PST by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

I also checked a couple links online and nothing there either.


42 posted on 12/08/2005 5:50:44 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: plymaniac

Maybe it's an SUV


43 posted on 12/08/2005 5:51:16 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: sharkhawk

Considering how nasty slushy snow can be, it's no surprise. Sometimes it's like driving on applesauce.


44 posted on 12/08/2005 5:52:07 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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45 posted on 12/08/2005 5:52:08 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: sharkhawk

>>>Plane was landing and wasn't able to complete landing roll. <<<

Sounds like calling an explosion & fire a large scale disassembly with rapid oxidization...


46 posted on 12/08/2005 5:52:37 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (You know you have bird flu if you have usual flu symptoms + desire to crap on freshly washed cars.)
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AIRPORT STATUS INFORMATION
provided by the FAA's Air Traffic Control System Command Center Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) Real-time Status
The status information provided on this site indicates general airport conditions; it is not flight-specific. Check with your airline to determine if your flight is affected.
Due to WEATHER/SNOW and OTHER/ACFT INCIDENT, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving Chicago Midway Airport, Chicago, IL (MDW). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 2 hours and 45 minutes. To see if you may be affected, select your departure airport and check "Delays by Destination".
Delays by Destination:
Due to WEATHER/LOW CEILINGS, departure traffic destined to The William B Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, GA (ATL) is currently experiencing delays averaging 2 hours and 36 minutes.

Due to WEATHER/SNOW, departure traffic destined to Chicago OHare International Airport, Chicago, IL (ORD) is currently experiencing delays averaging 4 hours.

Due to WEATHER/SNOW, departure traffic destined to Chicago OHare International Airport, Chicago, IL (ORD) will not be allowed to depart until at or after 8:29 pm CST.


General Departure Delays: Because a traffic management program is delaying some arriving flights, departing flight schedules may be affected. Check with your airline to determine if your flight is affected.
General Arrival Delays: Due to SNOW, arrival traffic is experiencing airborne delay between 16 minutes and 30 minutes and increasing.

This information was last updated: Dec 09, 2005 at 1:52 AM GMT+00:00


http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/flyfaaindex.jsp?ARPT=mdw&p=0


47 posted on 12/08/2005 5:53:07 PM PST by stlnative
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48 posted on 12/08/2005 5:53:51 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

Howard Stern? Isn't he a spin distortion zone all by himself??


49 posted on 12/08/2005 5:55:25 PM PST by Paladin2 (If the political indictment's from Fitz, the jury always acquits.)
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To: hole_n_one

Forgot to lower the gear?


50 posted on 12/08/2005 5:56:01 PM PST by Paladin2 (If the political indictment's from Fitz, the jury always acquits.)
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