- May 29, 2012
Thank you, but despite the reputation of the airport (and no doubt due to the skill & experience of the flight crew) both landing & takeoff were disappointingly quite tame. Of course, on reflection, tame is a very good way for landings & takeoffs to be... :shock:
Unlike most airfields there is no option for a "go around" so if cloud/fog should obscure the runway at the last minute and the pilot has committed to a landing, bad things can happen (as for example to Yeti Airlines in 2008).
I remember back in the 70's I took a plane from Pokhara back to Kathmandu; departure was delayed for some time while a mechanic (hopefully) fiddled with the port engine which was spewing oil out. A Twin Otter or similar I suppose. It leaked some oil all the way back to K, you could see it - and the wickedly sharp ridges and valleys just below. Can't remember the airline's name.