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Me530 07-08-2012 05:55 PM

Plane sinks into melted runway?
What do you think....true of false?

From Jalopnik:


Originally Posted by Jalopnik
Reddit user pdugaw was on a US Airways flight set to depart from Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. on Friday when the ground below the plane became so heated the plane sank into the tarmac and couldn't be towed out.

Full article linked here.

X3 Skier 07-09-2012 07:39 AM

Absolutely true and I have seen similar problems.

Reported in the Washington Post and USA Today.


Me530 07-09-2012 08:58 AM

Do they use different tarmac at hot airports like Phoenix and Tucson?

X3 Skier 07-09-2012 10:45 AM

Tarmac is actually a short way of saying Tar + Macadam or sort of an asphalt. Tarmac has been "generalized" to mean any airport paving like Kleenex is used for tissues.

Just about all high temp locations, and others, use concrete, not "Tarmac". I have no clue where on Reagan the incident took place but it might have been at a part of the terminal area that was actually Tarmac and not concrete since Reagan National is so old. They also sometimes cover the underlying concrete with asphalt since it is easier to maintain and repair.

The Commuter slots were likely paved to support lighter weight aircraft and as commuters (both airplanes and people:D) grew in size, they got too heavy for the paving on a really hot day.


mwagner1 07-27-2012 08:35 AM


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