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Uploaded on Sep 3, 2011
A320 - Video clip of a day approach and landing on runway 02 at Kathmandu International airport as seen from the flightdeck.
Kathmandu is situated in Nepal near Mt Everest. Its elevation is 4,600 feet and is surrounded by high terrain/mountains all the way round from 9,500' to the south to 29,000' to the north East. For a jetliner there is only way one in and the approach starts some 17 miles south at 11,500' and follows a steep descent profile to about 4nm at 5800' where the profile flattens to the standard approach 3 degrees. Typically the Summer monsoon and BIG CB (Thunderstorm clouds) that sit on the approach path makes it somewhat interesting!
Note. The 2500 ft RA call heard early in the approach is correct, its 2,500' Radar Alt above the 9000' terrain and not above the airport elevation of 4,600'
The video starts from about 13 miles, 10,500' and stops at the gate.
Filmed Aug 2011 with a Sony Cybershot W360 camera. Copyright 2011 CrewGuide