Posted September 18th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Last edited by sail7seas; September 18th, 2017 at 12:48 PM
As I have just returned from Operating a Post-Irma relief flight to the Caribbean, I can give a quick update on what I saw and heard regarding the damages on St. Maarten, Guadeloupe, Martinique .
We were not able to land on St Maarten due to the airport still unable to accept an aircraft of our size ( B747).
We landed in Guadeloupe instead.
On Guadeloupe, damages are mostly cosmetic, with broken roadsigns, fallen trees, glass damage and some erosion of the beaches. Nobody was severly injured .
Electricity was still out in some parts of the island.
Martinique did not receive extensive damages.
That leaves us with St. Maarten/ St. Martin.
As you no doubt have read and seen in the Media, Irma did not spare this beautiful Island and its people.
Over 60% of houses are considered unsuitable for habitation, nearly ALL houses received damage.
The Airport has no more Navigation aids working, has receivedmextensive damage to the terminal and Apron and has damages on the taxiways and runways. Security fencing is largely gone.
For us, cruisers an important thing: it seems that the Port has also received extensive damage, the shopping area has been decimated, and parts of the pier have collapsed. The container area is even worse off. There are debris, so far uncharted in the approach into Philipsburg, blocking access by larger vessels.
Let us hope that Maria will not strike another blow to our beloved islands,
Ps. I am unable to post pictures as this was not a civilian organized flight, I hope that you understand.
Despegue, While it is awful to read the realities of what these people have to ccope with and restore. SO much they will have to reapir an d rewbuild before tthey can brring tourism bck c. How sad. THANK you for giving us first hands informatrion. Nothing like eye witness reports. To think you had to dvviate away from their airport in order to safely land. We are grareful youarre safely back home before this nextt Huricane arrives on the scene. It really hits home to learn the condition of that huge dock. I rcdall when we had to tender in St. Marten, before they built the big dock for the cruise shi[ps. Many of us maynot live long enough to again sail to S. Maarten and have the ship dock. We used to ride an island tender to the middle of downtown. It was okay but i LIKED THAT LONG DOCK MUCH BETTER. I liked the walk into town...... I liked the hhotel casino on tthe corner.. We ducked in there a few time s to escape tropical downpour. and those slot machines were kind to us during our wait for the rain to pass.
So very sorry for the locals and alll they are suffering.,
Thank you bushels for this so inforrmative post..
And, tthank you for the relief aid you apparently deliverred to the islands. They need all the help they can get. You know what good work that was to do forPeople in true need through no fault of their own.
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