Icy landing: runway opens on frozen US lake

A 2,600-foot runway is open to the public in Alton Bay in Lake Winnipesaukee, in the US state of New Hampshire. The runway is built on the frozen lake as soon as there is at least 12 inches or more of solid ice evenly distributed through the bay area.

Video Transcript

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PAUL LAROCHELLE: We won't drive our trucks out here without having at least 12 inches of ice. If we have 9 inches here, 12 over here, 10 down there, we don't open, not until we're even everywhere. Last year, we did not open because that didn't happen. It was one of those winters. It was too warm the ice was sketchy. And it was uneven thicknesses.

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Once they come and arrive, they land. We help them and control with them to park all the airplanes so there isn't chaos and people not knowing how to park in here and getting a jam.

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CAROL NIEWOLA: Ice is slippery. We get that a lot from the pilots. Weirdly enough, this is like they weren't expecting it to be slippery, and it is.

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