And now something completely different for Summer holidays. Arthur Hailey was a RAF pilot who wrote Airport, a novel which later was adapted as a movie by George Seaton. The action is said taking place at Chicago Lincoln International, a fictitious place comparable to O'Hare, while Illinois is under a severe snow storm.
The suspense revolves around a Boeing 707 stuck at an exit, blocking a long runway. Another 707 needs the runway for an emergency landing.
Bakersfeld, the airport manager, wants to push the stuck plane off the runway with snowplows. Joe Patroni, chief mechanics for TWA wants to save the airplane by moving it by its own power.
Clocks are ticking... airports are closing... fuel is starving... Patroni's cigar has gone out.
Bakersfeld releases the snowplows!
What is today's way to:
- Prevent a commercial aircraft to be stuck near the runway.
- To quickly remove an airplane from the runway should that be necessary.
Is there actual cases of aircraft removed à la Bakersfeld?