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Winds force take-off change

Winds force take-off change Virgin aircraft taking off in the “opposite direction’ yesterday.

Mon, August 30, 2010 - 12:00 AM

SCORES of Barbadians turned up outside the perimeter of the Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday to watch some of the aircraft take off in the “opposite direction”.

A change in wind direction resulted in the planes taking off from the eastern end of the runway rather than the usual western end.

The change in winds was also felt along much of the island’s coastline, which recorded some choppy seas.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Centre in Florida, United States, said yesterday that the latest weather system, Earl, has strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane as it barrels toward several islands in the eastern Caribbean and could become a major hurricane today.

Forecasters warn Hurricane Earl could bring battering waves and storm surges up to three feet above normal tide levels in some areas. Hurricane warnings and watches had been issued in the north-eastern Caribbean islands (Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts/ Nevis, Montserrat and the Virgin Islands), and heavy rains could cause flash floods and mudslides.

Earl has disrupted air travel in the region with both Caribbean Airlines and LIAT having to either cancel or re-schedule a number of flights mainly to and from Jamaica and Antigua. Authorities have closed both V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua, and Princess Juliana International Airport in St Maarten. (ES/AP)

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Posted by Mac 3 years, 11 months ago
This is nothing new, it has been happening for decades when there's bad or expecting bad weather the flights head to the skies going west.

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Posted by Kammie 3 years, 11 months ago
Please note the article makes a mockery of the journalist. West is below and East is above where the sun rises. So planes take off in the East and only in the West when the wind direction changes. Too bad the journalist got it wrong.

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Posted by NRJHK 3 years, 11 months ago
This plane is actually landing and heading towards the gate

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Posted by cambi 3 years, 11 months ago
There is nothing wrong with what the jounnalist said about the way the planes take off, instead of saying take off their should have said, move off to take to the sky.

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Posted by cg 3 years, 11 months ago
Kammie, you are trying to play on words, we all know what is meant and the directions for take-off and landing..

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Posted by Khan 3 years, 11 months ago
Why do some people feel the need to always nit pick at one article or another and try to bash the Journalist...??? They're human beings just like us. Give them a break! Gosh!

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Posted by Fort. Lauderdale 3 years, 11 months ago
Kammie, help me out here, the Nation don't always get it right sometimes,but what is wrong with the direction. The planes always get up towards the sea & now they change direction & took off over land(towards the gas station @ the corner). I'm old & slow..I miss that 1.

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Posted by Dodge 3 years, 11 months ago
When I worked at Seawell( as it was know nthen) I have seen my times when the aricraft took of in the wrong direction. Quite normal at this time of the year

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Posted by anon 3 years, 11 months ago
Bash the journalist??.... well they should hire someone with experience in this field.
It's like reading a comic book.

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Posted by stephen 3 years, 11 months ago
wind changing direction is nothing new, please find some real news to write about

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Posted by Hendya 3 years, 11 months ago
What's all the fuss is about.
As a rule planes land or take off into the wind.
The normal wind direction in Barbados is from the east.
Occasionally and generally in the hurricane season , the wind direction changes and come from the west.
That has been going on for years.
It was probably a quiet day for the reporter and he/she had to file some story. He/she may be young on the job and was seeing an abnormality.

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Posted by Helicopter (8P) 3 years, 11 months ago
Pilots either Local or International have at some period of time to perform a downwind take off which is somewhat even more tasky than a favorable wind change condition.The depature from Runway 270 is rearly applied to Catagory 3 and above aircraft unless the wind direction is Westerly.

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Posted by Alvin 3 years, 11 months ago
I agree with KHAN; this is much to do about NOTHING. Those of us that have some interest in the story clearly understands the point that the journalist is making; people will find fault with GOD if he was visible. But here, some people are making this out to be a ROCKET LAUNCH TO THE MOON.

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