Hong Kong could well be a Fantasy Island to many folks from around the world, but landing on the old Kai Tak Airport was something of a nightmare for airliner pilots.
Kai Tak was un-enviably sandwiched between the mountains (of southern China) and the deep blue sea (of the Fragrant Harbour), and the landing paths airliners took had to almost scrape the rooftops of the densely packed high-rise buildings.
One misjudgement could crash the plane into the mountain sides or the buildings or the sea.
For the passengers who survived those landings, looking out the windows was either a thrilling or harrowing experience to recall. Sometimes one could see people waving up from the roof-tops. “Da Plane ! Da Plane !” perhaps.
The last flight out was on 6 July 1998 – some 20 years ago.