That Air China that went swimming was only a week old I think it was on its 3rd or 4th flight for them. If you do not know the story they blew off the tail to re-open the airport. Also they had a hard time with the body count as some of the businessmen swam from the plane to the shore and went on their way to their business meeting like it was a bog standard landing.
Flew in there many times -- the last time about 1 week before it closed. It was always a challenge but also fun. We all hoped it would be our leg when we went in there -- you just don't get to do that stuff in a big airplane otherwise! The new airport is a lot easier, not so interesting anymore.
Hated to see the airport close down. I wonder what the main reason was for the closing. I think one answer is the rising economy in the Hong Kong area plus they built another airport outside the city. I think they should have kept Kai Tak open. I would've loved to someday travel there to witness some of those landings...oh well..
I was hoping it would stay open when I made it to proffesional aviation so I could have a chance to do that stuff. 45 degree angle would scare the $%^& out of me if I was in one of the middle rows on a widebody.
Im sure everyone has seen that crazy 747 crosswind video.
Wait a minute, I am TOTALLY confused. I know about that approach, and that it came close to the buildings and all, but are those real crosswind landings, or doctored photos? Why in the world would any pilot continue an approach/landing like that when it is clearly almost botched? Those 747s really did hit there engines like that? If you were flying an A340 into there did you have autoland? It looks like good old stick and rudder!