Thursday, March 29, 2007
Both aircrafts had diverted to the Los Rofeos airport, due to a bomb at the Gran Canaria Airport. Once the airport opened again, the KLM crew were instructed to taxi down the runway, make a 180 degree turn at the end, and hold for takeoff. The Pan Am aircraft was instructed to taxi behind the KLM and turn in a the thrid exit, and wait until the KLM took off. However, fate had its way that day, and instead of wating for take off clearance, Captain van Zanten, who was in an almighty hurry to get going, pushed the throttled forward, without receiving take off clearance. Things would still have been okay, if the Pan Am 747 hadn't missed the third exit and continued blindly down the runway. When the KLM Captain saw the lights of the Pan Am, he pulled back to hard on his control column, in an effort to get over the other aircraft, that his tail scraped along the runway. Meanwhile, Captain Grubbs powered the engined up and spun sharply to the let, trying to get off the runway. However, in a mere few seconds, everything was over. The KLM, packed with fuel for the long trip back home, couldn't climb fast enough. It smashed through the roof off the Pan Am and struggled on, airbone for a few seconds, but crashed, just a couple of meters down the runway. Everyone onboard was killed. On the Pan Am, an immense blaze, which could not be brought under control, burtn many passengers far beyond recognition. In all, only about fifty passengers, of the three hundred something, survived. On March 27 2007, it was the thirty years since this horrible disaster. So let up take a minute, close our eyes and pray for all those who perished, on that foggy Sunday evening, so many years ago...
Aviation at Kai Tak began with a flying school and a British Flying Military unit and in 1928, a concrete slipway was built for seaplanes that used the adjoining Kowloon Bay. This world-famous airport was home to Hong Kong's national carrier Cathay Pacific as well as Dragonair Air Hong Kong and Hong Kong Airways. With numerous skyscrapers and mountains located to the north and its one runway jutting out into Victoria Harbour, it was known by visitors for its spectacular, low-altitude landings.
The flight recorders and suspected debris have been located, but may not be recovered due to a dispute between Adam Air and the Indonesian Government over who should pay recovery costs. [MORE...]
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
The 777-300 ER operates routes to Paris, Hong Kong, Milan, Barcelona, Seoul, San Francisco and Zurich, whith upgraded and more comfortable cabins, but passengers are required to pay a slightly higher fare. Features like bigger seats, more amenitites, bigger PVD screens and a large range of range of movies from Kirsworld are also available.
Cathay Pacific Airways
The above were the only four airlines to a receive a Five Star Ranking, which by the way is the highest possible ranking any airline can get, from Skytrax, for the year 2006. To find out more about what makes a five star airline click here. When the rankings for 2007 come out, Lishan will definitely post it, so don't worry!