HONG KONG — Jaw dropping. Stomach churning. Scary. Exciting. Dramatic. For airline passengers and crews who flew into Hong Kong’s old airport, at Kai Tak, the approach and landing was, well, probably all of the above.
Certainly, for many it remains to this day one of the most memorable experiences of their visits to this Asian financial hub.
Aircraft approaching Kai Tak would first aim pretty much straight at a mountainside — a red-and-white checkerboard was painted on the hillside to guide them — and then stage a sharp right turn that would take them toward a runway that jutted dramatically out into the sea.