Here we go ....
1991, flying from the old KUL
Subang (now SZB
) to LHR
on 9M-MHO, a Malaysian 744. This is quite a long flight as you'll know if you've ever done it.
15 minutes from LHR
, we were told the fog had dropped over LHR
and the visibilty was then too low and we were diverting to LGW
. The landing at LGW
was incredibly bumpy due to heavy fog there too and touch down was way down the runway so maximum reverse thrust was in order.
My friend was thrilled as he lived only 8 miles from LGW
but alas, as MH
don't have agents at LGW
, we were made to sit onboard for over 3 hours until the fog at LHR
had lifted sufficiently for us to go on.
We took off (a very short take off indeed) from LGW
headed for LHR
. It would've been quicker to drive .... it took us an hour including sitting in the stack at LHR
. I don't know what constitutes a near miss but at one point a 757 flew over us cross-ways so low that if I'd been looking at the right time, I'd have probably seen the reg!
We finally made our approach in what was still thick fog, we can only have been at 100 feet or so and the pilot decided to go around; engines roared and flaps up as we climbed like a rocket!
I have to say, I've never been happier to step off a plane than on that flight, apporx 17.5 hours since boarding!
The world is a book, those who do not travel read only one page ....