Bangor International Airport emergency landing – 13 January 2020


Bangor International Airport has emerged as Maine’s friendly, convenient airport, and the best choice for getting to and from the Bangor region. With competitive airfares, and the lowest fees for services, such as parking, Bangor ensures the smartest travel choice.   Passengers notice the difference at one of the fastest growing regional airports in the United States.



13 January 2020 –

One of the world’s largest passenger jets landed Monday at Maine’s Bangor International Airport when one of its passengers suffered a medical emergency.    An airport spokeswoman said the Emirates Airbus A380 coming from Dubai landed at the airport at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

The fire department needed to use its aerial ladder to get the patient off the plane.

Spokeswoman Aimee Thibodeau said the plane took off at 12:15 p.m. to continue its flight to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.


One of the world’s largest passenger jets made an unscheduled landing at Maine’s Bangor International Airport because of a medical emergency involving a passenger, officials said. Katie Johnston reports.



Aerial apparatus and Bangor Ladder familiarization with one of our mutual-aid departments, the Bangor Fire Department.   What is a Bangor Ladder you might wonder? Well, back in the day these very long and very heavy extension ladders were made right in the city of Bangor, originally out of wood! Thus the name! Although some folks outside of Maine may call it a “Banger Ladder” or “Pole Ladder”, we in the Bangor area know and proudly use the proper pronunciation!!

To raise this ladder both poles called “Tormentor Poles” are used both in the raising, operation and lowering of the ladder. They provide additional lift,control and stabilization of this tallest (50’ and taller in some cases) of ground ladders.

Thank you to the Bangor FD for giving us some good information and training this evening.

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You never know what the next call will be. This morning we had the largest passenger plane in the world land at BIA for a medical emergency. This Airbus A380, coming from Dubai, was so big our aerial had to be used for a second level patient extrication. Bangor International Airport


Bangor Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 772 Mark T Miller , we didn’t get good video but the black smoke (assumed it came from the breaks) was impressive. The pilots knew what they were doing. The short stopping distance was very impressive

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Bangor International Airport began as “Godfrey Field” in 1927, on land owned by local attorney Edward Rawson Godfrey (1877-1958). Regular air passenger service to Portland and Boston was begun in 1931 by Boston-Maine Airways, owned by the Boston and Maine and Bangor and Aroostook railroads, but under contract to Pan American which was interested in the airport as one stop on its planned intercontinental air route between the US and Europe. In 1940 Boston-Maine became Northeast Airlines, which eventually merged with Delta Airlines in 1972. Amelia Earhart was a celebrity pilot on some of the earliest flights for Boston-Maine Airways in the 1930s. The airport was equipped with floodlights for night flights as early as 1937.

Just prior to the Second World War, Godfrey Field was taken over by the U.S. Army Air Corps and became the Bangor Army Air Field. Its mission was to serve as an embarkation point for military aircraft flying to Europe on the Great Circle Route. The name was changed to Dow Army Airfield in 1942, and in 1947, when the newly formed U.S. Air Force took control, it became Dow Air Force Base. In 1958 the longest runway east of the Mississippi was constructed at Dow in order to accommodate B-52 bombers; the same runway that accommodates jet passenger aircraft today. In addition to strategic bombers, Dow was home to the 101st Fighter Wing, which, converted to a refueling wing, still shares space with the airport today, flying predominantly Boeing KC-135 Stratotankers. Some of the other military aircraft that regularly use the airport are McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extenders and Boeing C-17 Globemasters.

Bangor has been the port of entry for over half a million servicemen and women returning from the First and Second Gulf Wars and the action in Bosnia on military charters. Starting in 1991, a combination of local veteran’s groups and interested citizens formed themselves into troop greeters, to avoid the situation of the Vietnam War when soldiers returned without ceremony or greeting. The civilian-driven ‘ceremony of return’ in Bangor has been well organized and often ebullient. On September 23, 2004, President George Bush boarded a plane carrying the troops of the 30th National Guard Brigade Combat Team as they stopped at Bangor International to refuel along their way to Iraq. In 2006, former President Bill Clinton spontaneously joined the line of troop-greeters when his private plane made a refueling stop.


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