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Where Was This Photo Taken?

Sat May 26, 2001 8:24 am

where was this photo taken? I took it on a flight from Hong Kong to Frankfurt, we had just gone past the Himalayas. Am i right, is it somewhere near Afganistan?


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22886
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RE: Where Was This Photo Taken?

Thu May 31, 2001 4:53 am

Doesn't anyone know?
 
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RE: Where Was This Photo Taken?

Thu May 31, 2001 4:55 am

It looks like it was taken from inside the aircraft.  Smile

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RE: Where Was This Photo Taken?

Thu May 31, 2001 4:59 am

It could very well be Afganistan, but it could be any other place in Asia aswell.

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scutfarcus
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RE: Where Was This Photo Taken?

Thu May 31, 2001 5:01 am




Quite possibly the Aral Sea, in Kazakstan.
 
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RE: Where Was This Photo Taken?

Thu May 31, 2001 5:33 am

It depends on the airline. Most European airlines defer to ICAO and governmental warnings about flying over Afghanistan and I think Cathay does too.

The prime Great Circle route is up over China, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan but this would put you to the north of the main Himalayan ranges.

If your flight was on a modified Great Circle (as would be likely to take advantage of winds) and you had crossed part of the Himalayas, it could be the extreme northwest corner of India or even Tajikistan.

BTW, when the 747-400 first entered service on Far Eastern routes there was a major rush to fly over the Himalayas to cut journey times.

A number of very serious turbulence incidents then took place and most airlines stopped flying over the largest peaks, some going back to skirting the area all together.

Does anyone have REAL KNOWLEDGE of the state of play now, as all I ever seem to get on ATC and routes in the area is India's problems with ATC upgrades and the cost of implementation of FANS in the region?