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More: Nippon Cargo Airlines - NCA
More: Boeing 747-281F/SCD
More: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed)
More: China - Hong Kong, 1997
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JA81** (Photo 2 of 4) 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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A visitor from Australia posted Tue October 22, 2013:
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.

A visitor from - posted Thu February 16, 2012:
Wonder what the cargo is thinking at the moment :)

A visitor from - posted Thu June 16, 2011:
Fast and Furius: Hong Kong Drift.......
Awww that cracked me up!!!!! :D

A visitor from - posted Wed June 9, 2010:
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.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon April 26, 2010:
LEFT RUDDER! is what I think they are thinking!

A visitor from Australia posted Thu March 25, 2010:
Why is everyone talking about what the pax might be thinking when the its a cargo plane???

A visitor from Greece posted Fri March 12, 2010:
I can just imagine the passengers - Wondering why they are able to see the runway from their window!

A visitor from Canada posted Thu October 29, 2009:
They landed safely .great skill ,good job! End of story.

A visitor from Turkey posted Wed September 16, 2009:
The passengers (cargo containers etc.) would not be ABLE to think anything at that moment I suppose :)

A visitor from Poland posted Sun March 29, 2009:
Fast and Furius: Hong Kong Drift.

A visitor from - posted Sat March 7, 2009:
I'm wondering what the passengers were thinking at this point!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu December 11, 2008:
They aint the spoilers, thats him trying to bank it right!!!

A visitor from United States posted Fri June 20, 2008:
"I can't even image what the crew are thinking at this point."

Flight Crews's thoughts: "Horry sh!t!"

A visitor from Germany posted Mon April 7, 2008:
The spoilers are just going up! Wow, did they still manage to turn the plane into position? Great shot!

A visitor from United States posted Wed April 2, 2008:
That guy is probably going to go off-airport and end up in the water.

A visitor from United States posted Sat March 29, 2008:
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.

A visitor from Greece posted Mon March 17, 2008:
Japanesse drift masters

A visitor from United States posted Sat February 2, 2008:
Hope the pilot doesn't take it too hard-I land this way a lot on Flight Simulator.

A visitor from - posted Tue December 4, 2007:
I kmow what the crew was thinking. Holy s*@t!!

A visitor from Mexico posted Thu August 16, 2007:
Maybe a go around would have been better in the fist place, but in that situation full reverse and rudder please!!!!!!

A visitor from - posted Tue July 3, 2007:
F/O: Wow, look how short this runway is!
Captain: Uhhh yeah, look how wide it is...

A visitor from Germany posted Wed December 6, 2006:
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!!

A visitor from Uruguay posted Thu October 12, 2006:

A visitor from Venezuela posted Fri August 25, 2006:
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...

A visitor from United States posted Thu July 6, 2006:
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!

A visitor from Taiwan posted Wed July 5, 2006:
Great shot

A visitor from United States posted Thu June 15, 2006:
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.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu March 30, 2006:
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

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri February 17, 2006:
Kai tak: the worlds most difficult airport to land at

A visitor from United States posted Sun February 5, 2006:
That must have been one heavy crosswind.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue December 6, 2005:
Wow that's amazing what on earth was going through their minds at the time?

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