FAA halts air traffic to Haiti, no room for planes
WASHINGTON (AP) - All civilian flights from the United States to Haiti were halted Thursday at the request of the Haitian government because there is no room at the earthquake damaged Port-au-Prince airport for more planes and no fuel to spare for departing aircraft.
The Federal Aviation Administration ordered the "ground stop" on flights Thursday morning after the Haitian government said it would not accept more flights into Haitian airspace, said a U.S. official who wasn't authorized to speak publicly and asked not to be named.
At the time, there were 11 flights circling the heavily damaged airport, but no more ramp room to store planes once they had landed, the official said....
The Navy should now be used until the airport is back in action. Whilst I was in the Navy we trained to respond to this kind of disaster. Medical/hospital ships would be a good idea too. They could carry medical professionals and act as hospitals till buildings are back in action.
[URL=http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Military/2010/0115/Pentagon-defends-response-time-of-Haiti-aid-efforts]]]USNS Comfort is on its way. ETA Friday.[/URL]