A Lion takes a drink


ricohflex

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Brand new plane.
Lousy airport at Denpasar, Bali?
Or lousy pilot?

Anyway, not the first time.
Long ago in Hong Kong, when Kai Tak Airport was operating, a CAL jetliner also went into the sea off the runway.


Photo credit: AP

 

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cks2k2

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that lions looks... at peace...
 

cks2k2

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Lion + water = merlion
 

ricohflex

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SG being the lion city, our budget airline should be Lion Air instead of Tiger Air.
 

ricohflex

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Just a common sense question.

(edit) If the airport runway is next to the sea, it would make sense to fly in from the sea to land on the runway towards inland.
That's what the pilot was trying to do, but he misse the start of the runway. (edit)

Why all the talk about altitude readout mismatch and transponders? It was daytime in near perfect visibility with no storms. The pilots can see clearly how high they were in relation to the runway.
 

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Rashkae

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Just a common sense question.

If the airport runway is next to the sea, wouldn't it make sense to fly in from the sea to land on the runway towards inland?

Why is this plane landing in the other direction, from inland out towards the sea?

Why all the talk about altitude readout mismatch and transponders? It was daytime in near perfect visibility with no storms. The pilots can see clearly how high they were in relation to the runway.
Depends on the wind direction too afaik. And have you seen denpasar? There's not much land on the other side either. :-D
 

Yutaka Go

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The pilots are too eager to get to the beach and swim with bikini girls :bsmilie:
 

ricohflex

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Saw the map. The proper name is Ngurah Rai International Airport though TV news casters call it Denpasar Airport. Runway is 8,858 feet or 2,700 m. Changi Airport runway is 4,000m.

A lucky escape.

The water must be shallow there. Or else whole plane under water and all passengers+crew drowned.
If plane had landed a bit to the right, it would have hit rocks, exploded and burnt all passengers+crew.

Oh, the plane was trying to land on the runway in the direction from the sea. The plane did not even manage to land on the runway.
It missed the start of the run way and landed in the water instead. Looks like the pilot aimed wrongly.
Or he had too much blind faith in the instrument landing system (ILS).

Maybe some of the early reports by blur journalists were wrong - that the plane overshot the runway and ended in the sea.
 

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ManWearPants

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Actually not bad to survive a disaster. Can claim insurance and compensation. Also got story and bragging rights to tell friends and relatives. Can sell story to media too.
 

Yutaka Go

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the airlines promise a free trip to the beach...nearby....they are not joking..
The pilot last message to passengers is "Dear passenger, please change to swimming trunk, bikini or beach wear. The weather is too hot, we are going for a swim first ... "
 

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