A Cessna and a Cherokee were among at least four GA aircraft damaged at RDU by the remnants of Hurricane Ivan (photos by Neal B. Wolgin).
Days after hammering Florida, Jeanne, which was once a Category 3 hurricane, continues to deal strong blows in the Northeast. Heavy rains are causing major flooding, and storms are producing powerful tornadoes.
A tornado touched down at New Castle County Airport (ILG) in Wilmington, Delaware, Tuesday evening, damaging five Delaware Air National Guard C-130s, reports The Associated Press. One was tipped onto its wing, and another lost about 2,000 gallons of jet fuel.
But Jeanne isn't the first hurricane whose destructive path spun off tornadoes that damaged aircraft from Florida to the Northeast. Ivan reached to New York State, and unprotected aircraft throughout the Mid-Atlantic became victims of its wrath.
At Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), tornadoes ripped siding from some buildings, flipped small aircraft, and scattered debris across one runway. The air traffic control tower was evacuated, and flights were halted for about one hour, according to The News and Observer. Officials say 12 aircraft on the general aviation ramp were overturned.
Ivan and Frances spun off about 40 tornadoes in North Carolina; Jeanne produced another handful. Other tornadoes from Ivan were reported in Virginia and Maryland.
Aircraft owners up and down the East Coast need to take precautions (see " What to do if you can't fly away") to secure their aircraft from the remnants of hurricanes that pass through, bringing strong winds, heavy rains, and tornadoes that can cause severe damage.
Strong storms from Ivan closed Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) in Virginia. Police and airport officials speculate that a lightning strike caused one hangar to catch fire, destroying the hangar and the twin-engine aircraft inside, reports the Loudoun Times-Mirror.
Airports in southern Alabama and northwestern Florida were hit the hardest. Airport Support Network volunteer Terry Ogle says Ivan closed Peter Prince Field (2R4) in Milton, Florida, for three to four days and caused immense damage: "All hangars facing south blew out and airplanes were damaged by the hangar doors blowing in."
September 29, 2004