Filmed from the checkerboard used for the approach into Kai Tak. Overshoots and then lines it up just to get caught in the wind...again. Unedited. You can hear another enthusiast in the background with a scanner. A Japan Air Lines JAL Boeing 747.
Kai Tak Airport VHHH (1925 - 1998) VHHX (since 1998) "traditional Chinese: 啟德機場" was the world's busiest international airport. The growth of Hong Kong put a strain on the airport's capacity. The airport was designed to handle 24 million passengers per year but in 1996, Kai Tak had already handled 29.5 million passengers, plus 1.56 million tonnes of freight, making it the third busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic, and first in terms of cargo. However extremely busy Kai Tak was located in the city center, the Kowloon City "九龍城" (The city of nine dragons "city surrounded by nine mountains"), around by high density buildings, numerous skyscrapers and rugged mountains reaching an altitude of 2000 ft. with single narrow runway (13/31) very close to taxiway jutting out into Victoria Harbour, and further less than 10 Km is Hong Kong Island, another densely populated area with hills up to 2100 ft. The only way approach to Runway 13 was a sharp 47-degree right turn before and of the same level with the checkerboard (a small hill painted with red and white checkerboard at 1:18) at about 100-meter altitude then align with the runway. Often with strong crosswinds, the airport was infamously difficult to land at. However, due to the same reasons, only experience pilots were chosen for the challenging approach and air crash incidents rarely occur. The low altitude manoeuvre was so spectacular that crowded streets of people, multi-storey buildings, vehicles and pavements can easily be "touch". I can hear "WOW" or "My God" from passengers when they aware of the home decorations through apartment windows which is of the same level with the aircraft like flickering of televisions even children say "Hi" to them before landing. In this video, you can found the most extremely landing, but these happened several hundred times per day, and was just the real daily life of Hong Kong people.
Alitalia flight AZA1752 from Rome Fiumicino to Hong Kong Kai Tak landing at runway 31. Just before touchdown the the bank warning trigger as the bank of the aircraft is too high with the risk to touch the runway with an engine.
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Breathtaking action from over 20 locations around Kai Tak Airport during the final days before it was closed forever! Witness locations never seen before, capturing the exciting action at Kai Tak! If you like this video trailer you can buy full version of this production at http://www.airutopia.com/retail.htm
This magnificent airport closed in 1998 - but not before going down in history as one of the greatest! Aircraft had to take a dangerous right turn to land over many buildings... one of the most amazing views as many skillful pilots landed their large jumbo jets under very difficult conditions! We even caught last second aborted landings due to the danger! Picturesque scenery of mountains - buildings - and water surround amazing Kai Tak. If you like this video trailer you can buy full version of this production at http://www.airutopia.com/retail.htm
See a rare emergency landing by a Jumbo Jet! There are many older models in their fleet history such as Cathay Pacific, Dragonair and Air Lanka Tristars, Classic 747s of Malaysian, South African and Air India, a rare visit of Virgin for that period, United Airlines Asian Tour of their first Boeing 777, a very rare Cambodian / Delta 727 zebra scheme and the old Malaysian A300! If you like this video trailer you can buy full version of this production at http://www.airutopia.com/retail.htm
Live dramatic footage of the Crash Recovery of an L-100-30 Hercules that crashed shortly after takeoff from Kai Tak. Many airlines in this production are also now extinct due to the modernization of the world’s airline's fleets. The classic Cathay Pacific and Dragonair Tristars are joined by Singapore Airlines Classic 747s, a very rare Thai Airways A300 experimental color in service for only 4 months, many MD11s including Delta and Korean, a rare Aeroflot scheme, USAF military aircraft, all Cargo 747s, and the short bodied 747SP. One of the most memorable airports in history, long since closed is seen here, up close and personal. If you like this video trailer you can buy full version of this production at http://www.airutopia.com/retail.htm