Sunday, February 12, 2006

"Someplace in Turkey"?

Plane skids off runway in NY: no injuries. Well thank the Lord for that, for sure. But here's the kicker in this AP story:
Turkish Airlines flight 1 skidded off the runway at 9:20 p.m. as it was landing, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The flight was arriving from someplace in Turkey, he said.
Someplace in Turkey? Excuse me? I mean how better can one demonstrate that legendary American parochialism than this?

Besides, can't you just look at a friggin timetable to find out where Turkish Airlines Flight 1 took off? It was Istanbul. Sheesh!

[According to the discussion at, it probably slid of 31L. 4R is in use for landings now (this from a pilot who just landed a 767 there). Which may make for some interesting crosswind landings, given the wind direction.]


coray said...

turkey... that's someplace near china right

Gashwin said...

Yah --- it's all A-rabs anyhoo :-)