Photographer Mike Sellers shot a thrilling close-up video of the mid-afternoon June 18 tornado that formed over Denver International Airport (KDEN). Winds were later calculated at 100 mph. No one was injured as the storm, which never actually touched down, moved over the airport.
Denver International Airport
The NTSB yesterday placed the primary blame for the 2008 runway excursion of Continental Airlines Flight 1404 in Denver on the captain’s “cessation of rudder input.” The Board determined that the captain needed rudder input to maintain directional control when, about four seconds before departing the runway, the Boeing 737-500 encountered a strong and gusty crosswind “that exceeded the captain’s training and experience.”
Denver mayor Wellington Webb fired up the first earthmover late last month as Denver International Airport (DEN) began construction of its sixth runway. The new 12,000- by 200-ft north-south runway was in the airport’s original plans, but was cut to save money. The airport opened in 1995.
With three major storms in three weeks (and winter far from over), the Denver area has not only had its share of snow this season but seems also to be hogging all the snow that many other areas of the U.S. expect. Ski slopes in parts of the Northeast U.S. have no snow base to speak of and have rarely reached temperatures low enough to make snow.
While the NTSB investigation into last month’s runway incursion at Denver International Airport continues, the pilot of one of the aircraft involved said blowing snow, which reduced visibility and covered the taxiway, caused disorientation, leading his Key Lime Air Metroliner to taxi onto an active runway. Pilots of a Frontier Airlines A319 that had been cleared to land saw the Metroliner while only 50 to 100 feet above the runway.