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DivingAnarchy.info
03-02-2009, 06:03
I recently joined a group of divers that is working on making it happen that an old stripped Boeing 747 fuselage get scuttled to become an artificial reef in Hong Kong.
The local government is not to keen as they don't understand this project. (people here have serious difficulties thinking out of the box..)

I wonder wether there is anyone here having done a similar project. Obviously we have planned things quite into detaill but usually there is something you haven't calculated in as this will be our first time.
As soon as we get governments approval we will plug the fuselage, lower it in the water next to the airport, tow it approx 10 nm to the designated spot and sink it in approx 15m/45ft deep water.

All comments are very welcome.

mike_s
03-02-2009, 10:06
There was a 737 recently sunk up in Vancouver by a group up there. They have several web pages detailing what all they did and the impact of having the plane on the seabed. They actually mounted their plane on risers/stilts to keep it off the sea floor. (this also allows swim unders easily).

Having a 747 to dive on would be great!


what to consider?

1.) make sure to cut holes in the top every X feet so that a diver that goes inside can easily exit in case of an emergency. Maybe every 20 or 30 feet.

2.) Close off dangerous areas, like the baggage area. weld the doors shut.

3.) remove any object that can fall over time. Such as overhead baggage compartments, anything that includes wiring, air ducts, etc).


Have fun getting all that hydraulic fluid out.

as for your sinking depth of 45 ft, you do know that the tail of a 747 is about 63ft tall don't you? source Boeing: Commercial Airplanes - 747 Classics Technical Specs (http://www.boeing.com/commercial/747family/pf/pf_classics.html)

DivingAnarchy.info
03-02-2009, 20:02
There was a 737 recently sunk up in Vancouver by a group up there. They have several web pages detailing what all they did and the impact of having the plane on the seabed. They actually mounted their plane on risers/stilts to keep it off the sea floor. (this also allows swim unders easily).

Having a 747 to dive on would be great!


what to consider?

1.) make sure to cut holes in the top every X feet so that a diver that goes inside can easily exit in case of an emergency. Maybe every 20 or 30 feet.

2.) Close off dangerous areas, like the baggage area. weld the doors shut.

3.) remove any object that can fall over time. Such as overhead baggage compartments, anything that includes wiring, air ducts, etc).


Have fun getting all that hydraulic fluid out.

as for your sinking depth of 45 ft, you do know that the tail of a 747 is about 63ft tall don't you? source Boeing: Commercial Airplanes - 747 Classics Technical Specs (http://www.boeing.com/commercial/747family/pf/pf_classics.html)

Thanks Mike,

The plane we're looking at is in fact an old cargo plane so therefore we won't have to consider overhead lockers, seats, entertainment wiring etc.
We will have to get rid of the tail and have to let it sit on the fuselage because depth is an issue in Hong Kong.

The plane is already stripped from engines but nevertheless we'll have to strip all parts that can possibly contaminate water. (Wings, landing gear, electronics, everything)

I'll try to find info from that 737 in Vancouver.

zahgurim
03-02-2009, 21:06
Quite a few decommisioned planes were sunk off the west coast of Thailand, at the end of last year.

phuket news: Top cop expects arrests in three murder cases 'soon'... (http://www.phuketgazette.net/news/index.asp?id=6340&display=1)

mike_s
03-02-2009, 21:36
[Thanks Mike,

The plane we're looking at is in fact an old cargo plane so therefore we won't have to consider overhead lockers, seats, entertainment wiring etc.
We will have to get rid of the tail and have to let it sit on the fuselage because depth is an issue in Hong Kong.

The plane is already stripped from engines but nevertheless we'll have to strip all parts that can possibly contaminate water. (Wings, landing gear, electronics, everything)

I'll try to find info from that 737 in Vancouver.


draining all the hydraulic fluid is going to be a bitch. all the flight control surfaces are all driven by multiple/redundant hydraulic lines/pumps.


putting in 737 and Scuba in Google will find you more hits than you can handle.

737 scuba - Google Search (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=737+scuba&aq=f&oq)=


Also, other wrecks you might be interested in is the "Spirit of Miami", which is a 727 sunk off the coast of Miami.

Also a 727 was sunk in a quarry in Illinois for the filming of a the movie "US Marshals" (where in the movie they had one crash).

I think this will be the first 747 sunk as a dive site. a couple years ago I searched around and tried to find if others were sunk and couldn't find any. parts of one were sunk in a florida spring for the filiming of "Airport 77" (I think that was the name) back 30+ years ago, but I think they removed all of the parts they sunk.

mike

whitworthsa
03-02-2009, 22:03
Here's the link you want:
ARSBC: Boeing 737 (http://www.artificialreef.bc.ca/OurReefs/AR-540/index.htm)

Diver Kat
03-02-2009, 23:15
There was a 737 recently sunk up in Vancouver by a group up there. They have several web pages detailing what all they did and the impact of having the plane on the seabed. They actually mounted their plane on risers/stilts to keep it off the sea floor. (this also allows swim unders easily).Saw the TV special on this some time back, it was very cool the way they placed in on the stand so it appears to be flying underwater.

Travman
03-19-2009, 22:48
Wow, sounds like a great dive. I love aeroplanes so this will end up high on my dive list. Keep us posted if it goes ahead!
At 15m it will allow for plenty of bottom time to explore.

SEMO Scuba
03-20-2009, 21:47
Mermet Springs, Dive in First Class -- Scuba Instruction, Local Diving, Travel Worldwide (http://www.mermetsprings.com/)

The link above is a quarry that has a 727. They probably have a you tube video link somewhere. You can contact the owner glen@mermetsprings.com by email. I'm sure he will be glad to answer any questions.

Pictures and story from their website:
Boeing 727 (http://www.mermetsprings.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=78&Itemid=258)
Boeing 727 airplane used in the movie "U.S. Marshals"

The tail is located at 15ft cockpit is at 60 ft. The hull is hollow allowing properly trained divers to penetrate the wreck. At the low price of $1, this 22 ton, 135' x 14' ft. plane was sunk into the quarry using 1 barge, 2 cranes, 2 low-boys, and 2 police escorts. Some of the pictures below were taken during the moving process. You will notice that the plane was cut in half. This was done to allow the plane to be moved from the Ohio river to its final resting place at Mermet Springs. The plane was then sewn back together and prepared for its final flight to the depths of Mermet Springs on March 21, 1998.