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Air travel should be more exciting

Kath and I arrived back in Sydney this morning after our bus ride from Singapore. Excellent, uneventful, but slightly boring Qantas flight as always. This particular 747 didn't even have the upgraded on-demand entertainment system.

I'm always hoping to get to use those inflateable slides one day but nothing ever happens on my flights.

Unlike last Friday's BA10 to London. I flew to London on BA a few weeks ago, but I didn't have the excitement of diverting to Uralsk, Kazakhstan. You can read the SMH article for yourself (A bumpy surprise halfway to London) but the highlight moments would have been landing a 747 on a runway "not suitable for 747s" and that one pilot called "probably one of the bumpiest in living memory".

The airport had no stairs tall enough, so to transfer to some smaller planes for their onward journey, "the passengers boarded by stepping onto the roof of an airport vehicle and then onto a stairway". That was, however, after enjoying some local cuisine - suggested to have been horse sausage.

It turned out there was no fault with the 747, just a false alert from afire warning light. I have had many flights delayed by faulty warning lights. Pesky things - they should just get rid of them. That would make things a bit more exciting ;)

Update:Here is the airport on Google Earth. I don't seem to be able to find any photos of the event itself :(

08:17 PM, 17 Apr 2006 by Mark Aufflick Permalink | Comments (3)


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