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January 19, 2010

LaGuardia Airport Flights Diverted Due to Misplaced Construction Crane

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A United Airlines 757 (N507UA) seen here completing the Expressway Visual 31 approach. (Photograph by Matt Molnar)
A United Airlines 757 (N507UA) seen here completing the Expressway Visual 31 approach. (Photograph by Matt Molnar)

A United Airlines 757 (N507UA) seen here completing the Expressway Visual 31 approach. (Photo by Matt Molnar)

A large crane being used to build a new trash transfer station in College Point got a bit too close for comfort to LaGuardia Airport runway 31 arrivals on Jan. 8th. An article published in today’s New York Post reports that several flights were forced to divert to other airports until the crane was moved.

The Department of Sanitation-owned garbage hut has already been wrought with controversy due to its 2,000ft proximity to LGA Runway 13/31 and fears that it will attract thousands of jet engine-killing birds. NYC officials swear that the new structure will be sealed tight enough that birds will not be attracted to it, and the FAA and Port Authority gave the city a green light to build it. They do not seem, however, to account for the barges which will be carrying tons of unsealed trash out of Flushing Bay to the East River, along the edge of Runway 13/31, and past the end of Runway 4/22 as well.



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  • Guest

    There will be no barges carrying unsealed trash from the Sanitation-owned garbage transfer facility. The whole point of the current construction is to allow the trash to be loaded into sealed containers before being transfered to the barges for transport.

  • Guest

    There will be no barges carrying unsealed trash from the Sanitation-owned garbage transfer facility. The whole point of the current construction is to allow the trash to be loaded into sealed containers before being transfered to the barges for transport.