I know this airport well, and have landed there in similar conditions - it wasn't a pleasant experience. There will have been tourists aboard, and some of them might be British. The airline involved is popular with back-packers.
and being run by a major carrier does not alter my opinion. I might add that the final straw that saw me leave the aviation industry in civvy street was when I found myself working beside garage mechanics and MOT testers doing contract servicing for a number of airlines out of manchester airport.
that the company I worked for is no longer in buisness, and I have no reason to believe that the practice I outlined in my previous post is still going on. This was in the 80's when things were a bit more lax than they are now.
Only time will tell but I hazard a guess that wind shear - click here - allied to sudden poor visibility was the prime reason for this tragic crash.
I would certainly doubt that the pilot proceeded to land without, at that crucial time, a reasonable view of the runway. A sudden squall of adequate severity and at such a vital moment would be dangerous to any landing, in my opinion. TC.
I flew into and out of Kai Tak many times - always an interesting experience. There was something surreal about sitting in a 747 as it flew past blocks of flats with people sitting on the balconies, quite unconcerned as hundreds of tons of aircraft slid past.
and many more are in hospital, some with serious injuries. There were certainly British people aboard.
The aircraft skidded off the runway when landing in heavy rain and squalls - the worst combination in which to bring a passenger jet onto a runway. The captain had requested permission to land, and would have been made aware of the conditions. A sudden squall can destabilise an aircraft when it's about to touch down, and when that happens there's little a pilot can do but hope.