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AIRPORT MASH-UP: Loose Sailboat Paralyzes Logan Runway

Logan Airport

SCORE ONE FOR THE SAILBOATS! This happened Monday morning, when a 37-foot boat busted loose from its mooring in Winthrop and blew down on Logan airport in East Boston. It landed on the rocks at the end of an active runway and mashed up Logan arrivals for half the day.

I'm wondering a) why it took so long to get a line on the boat to drag it off; and b) why they couldn't just go ahead and keep using the runway anyway. I once spent a week anchored off the end of the airport runway in Gibraltar and had no problems whatsoever. It was a bit noisy, but I was never seriously worried about catching planes in my rig.

Gibraltar airfield

Gibraltar airfield

Gibraltar airfield

Planes landing at Gib have to mix it up with other vehicles all the time. The runway is surrounded by marinas and anchorages, and the only road into town runs right across it. The boats, cars, and planes have no trouble getting along with each other.

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