Remarks: Photo 2 of 2: One of the lowest approaches i've witnessed on my 2 trips to SXM. About to touch down on runway 09....but before the piano keys!!!! Check the people on the beach as they try and protect themselves from the wake of the landing. Pretty scary stuff.
Remarks: My 2500th photo on JetPhotos.net. A 747 landing at SXM always draws a large crowd, especially at the point where the 747 is literally meters above your head. Hold your breath as the jumbo goes over your head.
Remarks: TCX declares emergency landing due to a gear door not retracting and makes a rare landing on runway 24L. The aircraft touched down safely with the fire service in attendance before back-tracking 24L and taxing to the terminal.
Remarks: My 2000th photo at JP!! Couldn't think of anything better but a classic St. Maarten photo for this milestone. This was taken on my birthday at the Sunset Beach Bar in ideal weather conditions. I couldn't have asked for much better. Thanks to the guys who were with me that week, it's one I wont forget in a long time. Also a big thanks to those who have stood alongside me for hours on end at MAN in the freezing weather whilst i've built up this collection...we've had many great times along the way and i've met some fantastic mates. Here's to the next 1000!!
Remarks: This 767 suffered a compressor failure whilst climbing out from MAN, resulting in an emergency landing on one engine. The landing was safe, but the aircraft remained on the taxiway as hot brakes were a cause for concern. Having shut down the remaining engine, the 767 was towed onto stand closely followed by the fire service and airport ops.
Remarks: The second of BA's baby-bus fleet was on static display at the 2010 airshow. This unique subfleet is kitted out with a 32 seat all club layout and is currently used between London City and New York.
Remarks: How's this for wide? Here's a chance for those who have never witnessed a night flight to see what it's like in a pitch black cabin whilst crusing at 37000ft over Australia. BA018 routing LHR-SIN-MEL. Taken at 10mm and at ISO1600.
Remarks: Photo 2 of 2: This photo was part of the scariest 20 seconds of landing i've ever seen a 747 make. It seemed to come in very fast and hit the runway hard creating a huge plume of smoke. It then bounced back up in the air and as the cross wind caught it, sent the 747 slamming to the ground on it's nose gear and port bogie, twisting the nose gear in the process. If you look carefully you will notice the angle at which the 747 hit the nose gear as one side hits the ground first. Thankfully, the landing was recovered well.