Fires and airplanes. They are a bad mixture and luckily it happens not so often. But when it does, fire crews need to be ready. This video shows the Manchester Airport Fire Department training in November 2006.
Their mock aircraft seems to be the love child of a Boeing 747 and DC-10. The video states the training plane is set a blaze about once per week and they warn incoming passengers it is only for training.
On April 29, 2007 a Thomson Airways Boeing 757, flight 253H, was taking off from Manchester Airport on its way to Spain when a bird (most people said a heron, but it looks black and smaller to me) got sucked into its starboard engine. The video shows the bird going in, the flame out and the plane landing safely at Manchester Airport.
Manchester Airport: A great place to live for a year!
Meet Anthropologist Dr Damian O’Doherty. He wants to live in an airport for a year. This isn’t some publicity stunt nor is he in love with the Tom Hank’s movie The Terminal. Dr. O’Doherty is doing this in the name of science!
He will be spending up to 18hrs per day, for 12 months living in the airport, observing how fliers use the airport. The government-funded research will take place at Manchester Airport. The goal is to make airports a better place for people to spend their time when they are forced to be in one.
Dr. O’Doherty said, “Some people live in airports and 30,000 feet in the air. They commute from place to place, have business meetings in an airport hotel and then fly off somewhere else. I call them the ‘kinetic elite’ – always on the go.”
He has been researching airports for five years and feels living in one for a year is the best way to really see how airport life works. Even though he spends all day and part of the night at the airport, he still makes it home to his family every night.