The largest aircraft to have landed, stopped and departed from Wilmington International Airport was an Airbus A340-600 operated by Virgin Atlantic, said Gary W. Broughton, director of operations at Wilmington International Airport.
The A340-600 carrying 350 passengers made an emergency landing at the airport at 10:17 p.m. Nov. 13, 2008.
The large passenger jet, on its way to London’s Heathrow airport from Miami, diverted over the Atlantic to Wilmington after crew members noticed heat coming from a floor in a restroom. An investigation once the plane landed determined an overheated pump in a toilet was causing the heat
While delayed overnight in Wilmington, the passengers stayed at six hotels around the city.
A Virgin Atlantic mechanic flew in from New York City to inspect the aircraft the next day and it was on its way to London by 6 p.m.
About the Airbus A340-600
Length: A little more than 247 feet. (Boeing 747-8: 250 feet.)
Capacity: 360 passengers in a three-class layout; 419 in a two-class configuration. (Boeing 747-8: 467 in a three-class configuration.)
Range: 7,900 nautical miles. (Boeing 747-8: 8,000 nautical miles.)
Power: Four Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engines that use 56,000 pounds of their certified 60,000 pounds of thrust. (Boeing 747-8: Four GEnx-2B67 engines with maximum thrust of 66,500 pounds.)
Sources: Airbus and Boeing websites
Date posted: November 2, 2011
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