2016-09-15 Typhoon Meranti left aircraft damaged at Xiamen
This is a summary of new reports about the devastating passage of super typhoon „Meranti“ when it made landfall close to the coastal city of Xiamen, China.
Bringing record breaking winds of unprecedented 370 km/h (~200 knots) and torrential rainfall, typhoon „Meranti“ left a trail of destruction along its passage. In the morning hours on Sep. 15th, the apex of the tropical storm hit the city of Xiamen and the entire Fujian Province bringing public life to a standstill.
Xiamen-Gaoqi International Airport was not spared. Many planes had earlier been ferried to other airports, but there still were aircraft left in the overhaul area.
A former Mega Maldives Boeing 767-300 (msn 26206) was blown across the apron until its nosegear ploughed through a stonewall and ended halfway buried in deep earth.
A Boeing 737-300SF of Yangtze River Express (B-3000, msn 29326) also received unknown damage when it was hit by swirling debris. Two other 737’s were in a hangar which door had been blown out of its mountings allowing wind and rain to enter the hangar.
According an eyewittness account, a Boeing 757 parked on the tarmac (N553CC, ex Thomas Cook) in south-east China was almost pushed into a building by the force of a super typhoon this morning.
Reportedly a unspecified number of other aircraft have also been damaged in the Taikoo Xiamen Aircraft Engineering Company.
Images below are apparently from Xiamen Airport immediately after the typhoon.
Impact force of a plastic bottle blown against a windscreen
Flightpath (provided by Flightradar24)
Type: Boeing 767-300
Age a/c: 22,5 years
Constr. No.: 26206
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Date: 2016-09-15 Time: ~09:00
Location: ZSAM Xiamen Intl Airport
Flight phase: STD – Standing with engine not operating
Damage to a/c: substantial
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