Aviation Photo #0223248 Boeing 747-281F/SCD - Nippon Cargo Airlines - NCA

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(<a href="/search/photo.search?id=223249,223248,223247,223246">Photo 2 of 4</a>) Touchdown, but at a huge angle to the centreline. I can't even image what the crew are thinking at this point.
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    Nippon Cargo Airlines - NCA
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    Hong Kong - Kai Tak International
    Hong Kong
    China
    1997
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Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow that's amazing what on earth was going through their minds at the time?
Anonymous
10 years ago
That must have been one heavy crosswind.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Kai tak: the worlds most difficult airport to land at
Anonymous
10 years ago
All credit must go the the skill of those polits for managing to avoid what could have been a certain crash at that angle it really captures the moment amazing and terrifying at same time
Anonymous
10 years ago
This photo in itself is a testomonial to Boeing about how tough their product is. I don't think an A-380 would fair as well, although no large airliner was meant for an approach and landing as this one. It definately show's a B-747 doing one.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot
Anonymous
10 years ago
This goes to show that the manufacturers are able to produce a product that is stupid pilot proof! I hope these guys don't fly in the US!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Hope they dont travel in the US?... wow!! not surprised to see that... i am sure that lots of pople would have been glad to see those 3 (i dont believe they were 4...) aircrafts on sept 11th land... even as the one in the picture.... and as long as i remember.... that did not happen in HK or with HK crew.... please bear in mind the crosswinds in that airport in HK...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing
Anonymous
9 years ago
Well, the pictures are great, because they proof: 747s are tough, and sometimes even idiots get away..
Kai Tak is NOT hard to land on, it only requires some attention and you need to knwo what you are doing. These Guys didnt!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
F/O: Wow, look how short this runway is!
Captain: Uhhh yeah, look how wide it is...
Anonymous
9 years ago
Maybe a go around would have been better in the fist place, but in that situation full reverse and rudder please!!!!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
I kmow what the crew was thinking. Holy s*@t!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Hope the pilot doesn't take it too hard-I land this way a lot on Flight Simulator.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Japanesse drift masters
Anonymous
8 years ago
That airplane should have done a go-around. Now it looks as if he'll end up off-airport, possibly going into the water. Such an awesome photo of a spectacular (and scary) crosswind landing.
Anonymous
8 years ago
That guy is probably going to go off-airport and end up in the water.
Anonymous
8 years ago
The spoilers are just going up! Wow, did they still manage to turn the plane into position? Great shot!
Anonymous
8 years ago
"I can't even image what the crew are thinking at this point."

Flight Crews's thoughts: "Horry sh!t!"
Anonymous
7 years ago
They aint the spoilers, thats him trying to bank it right!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
I'm wondering what the passengers were thinking at this point!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Fast and Furius: Hong Kong Drift.
Anonymous
7 years ago
The passengers (cargo containers etc.) would not be ABLE to think anything at that moment I suppose :)
Anonymous
7 years ago
They landed safely .great skill ,good job! End of story.
Anonymous
6 years ago
I can just imagine the passengers - Wondering why they are able to see the runway from their window!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Why is everyone talking about what the pax might be thinking when the its a cargo plane???
Anonymous
6 years ago
LEFT RUDDER! is what I think they are thinking!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Sphincter check! Pucker Factor is very close to infinite, at this point. PF is directly proportional to crosswind component, and (difficult approach + proximity of water) squared.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Fast and Furius: Hong Kong Drift.......
Awww that cracked me up!!!!! :D
Anonymous
4 years ago
Wonder what the cargo is thinking at the moment :)
Anonymous
3 years ago
Even though we don't know the exact conditions at the time its hard to imagine a late wind gust at flare forcing the aircraft in to this attitude. If there was a stiff crosswind it doesn't seem to be reflected on the rudders of the parked aircraft in the foreground. To me it looks like the end result of a poorly executed approach.

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