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CALAMITY AIRSTRIP 15 YEARS ON

FIFTEEEN years after it was closed pictures by a British teacher show the calamity Hong Kong airport that was closed for being too dangerous. From ditching in the water to crashing through television aerials the images show the perils pilots faced when having to wing their way through residential tower blocks when attempting to land at the infamous Kai Tak 11,000-foot-long airport. Pictures also show how the tower blocks have boomed in size since the closure of the airport, which previously restricted their height. First built by the British in 1925 by the time it was closed by the Hong Kong government in 1998, it had suffered a shocking 12 air disasters with 270 people killed during this time - yet was handling nearly 30 million passengers per-year by 1996. Teacher Daryl Scott Chapman, 41, originally from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire and who has lived in Hong Kong since he was 16-years-old took the pictures from 1992 to 1998

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