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Go-Around - Missed Approaches At Kai Tak  
User currently offlineAzeem From Pakistan, joined Jul 2000, 137 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2872 times:

Anyone experienced Go-Arounds or Missed Approaches at Kai Tak. I am sure there are lots as it was one of the most difficult approaches in the world. Also tell us what it felt sitting on right side of the aircrat during the RWY 13 approach. The feeling of seeing buildings so near.

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User currently offlineUAL744 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2805 times:

I really do miss those incredible landings and of course the ones in the 744 by United Airlines because when they land in HKG at night you can see HKG alive.

User currently offlineAviation Fan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2770 times:


It's nice to get near the buildings but not touching them.But generally,they are nice and interesting to see Hong Kong alive....expecially at night....The person beside my will alos come crashing down...

Hope this helps


User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2939 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2740 times:

I sat on the right side whilst landing on Rwy 13 when I was flying in on Malaysian Airline System (as it was know then) from Kuala Lumpur on a DC10-30 back in the early 80s...the view certainly was amazing as the wing dipped. Since then all further flights on Malaysia Airlines and Cathay Pacific have landed in the opposite direction :-0

My mother flew in on an MAS 747-400 a couple of years ago and the crew had to go-around twice! Since then we have always chosen Cathay for Hong Kong  

User currently offlineN754PR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2715 times:

Now this is a subject I can talk about !!

I've lived in Hong Kong since 1987 and have flown in and out of Kai Tak many, many times. 13 and 31, however most of the time it was 13.

As for go arounds I only had one. That was on a BA 747-400 (trying) to land on 31. We got down to a few hundred meters before climbing up and starting the left turn. We then landed on 13.

I saw so many go arounds at Kai Tak. On a good (bad) day you could see 40 plus go arounds. This would be a day with high winds or heavy rain, or both !!. I've seen engine strikes and emergancy landings.

I was lucky enough to have cockpit landings at Kai Tak. My first was landing on RWY 31 in a EK A310. My second was on 13 in a PR A333 and my last was a 13 landing in a QF 763 less then a month before the closing of the airport.

In a nut shell - The best airport in the world. WAS, IS, AND ALWAYS WILL BE.


User currently offlinePacific From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2713 times:

I've been in the runway 13 approach many times and I don't remember sitting on the left of the plane in any occation! I've been in on B737, 742, 743, 744, Airbus A300, 330 and 340. You get to fly over so close to those low-rise old buildings while barely noticing that you are gradually decending. They just whizz by you and after the hard right turn to RNY 13, as the plane flies over the runway to land, the most noticable adverticement just outside the perimeter was a huge Double Happiness cigarette ad. Very facineting approach. I miss it very much!

User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13267 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2690 times:

Now, I just couldn't let a chance to remember pass by!

I often think about it still - even the yellow floor tiles in the terminal . . . walking to the lift, up to floor 7 of the car park . . . the site of a Cathay jet banking for the final turn and another just appearing over Stonecutter's island . . . walking (it was much more fun that way) up to Chequerboard Hill, stopping on street corners . . . camera on manual focus (the autofocus didn't focus on time!) - whine of RB211, sky darkens . . . click! . . . the sight of aircraft making their final turn, seeing them almost at eye level or even overhead . . . Alitalia and Korean Air making a pig's breakfast of things (they always seemed to!) . . . the sight of the outstretched runway at sunset, lights blazing. Oh, it was wonderful, just wonderful . . .

And yes, there were a few go arounds, and more than a few landings that should have been go arounds!

What a place!

User currently offlineAzeem From Pakistan, joined Jul 2000, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2670 times:

Anyone flown RWY 13 approach on Cathay Aircraft. I heard and read that they had special technique of flying the approach. Their trick was to fly on left side of the localizer towards the checkerboard hill, that way they had more time to line up after the 47.5 degrees turn.

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