This is why Hong Kong’s most dangerous airport was shut down 15 years ago

// July 8th, 2013 // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Crashed plant at Kai Tak Airport

Opened in 1925 and renowned for its notorious “Hong Kong Turn” and a spate of deadly accidents, the dangerous Kai Tak Airport (also known as the Hong Kong International Airport) was shut down on July 6, 1989. Kai Tak’s runway jutted out into the sea and its descent required a sharp turn between Hong Kong skyscrapers and nearby craggy mountains. Providing the ultimate test for pilot’s skills, accidents were frequent and included planes crashing into the sea and clipping the sides of skyscrapers as they made their approach. Below are a set of pictures that provide ample reasons for its shuttering 15 years ago.

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