MD-11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1180 times:
If there is a wind, then planes have to land so that the wind is a headwind, not a tailwind. At Kai Tak, it so happens that the wind usually comes in from such a direction that it would be a tailwind it hey landed on rwy 31. Therefore they had to land on rwy 13 most of the time.
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9597 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (15 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1180 times:
First of all, I'm not a pilot but I've seen landings done on 31 many years ago. I can't remember any take-offs - perhaps take-offs had to be on 13 due to noise regulations, I just can't remember. But, given the amount of traffic and how closely spaced the aircraft were, I'd imagine it would normally have been impossible to have take-offs and landings in opposite directions - there just wouldn't have been enough time or room.
LSZH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 10 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1180 times:
As said, landings were according to the wind conditions. Prevailing winds however meant that 13 was used more often than not. On my first visit there the landing was on 13 but the take off was on 31, right over the city - also tremendously spectacular. Pity that it is now a part of history.