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  •  Into La Paz At Night in a Snowstorm (8+ / 0-)

    Once I was flying into Santiago, Chile via La Paz, Bolivia on a night flight.  As it turned out that night, La Paz was being hit with a very heavy snowstorm.  We were flying a Boeing 707 combo aircraft, part passenger/part cargo.  They removed the cargo and made sure the passengers were sitting close to wing spar.  It was a good thing too, because you couldn't see the wing tips because of the snow when we touched down in La Paz and the pilot never did apply the brakes, bringing the plane to a stop with the thrust reversers only.  I later found out that the La Paz runway was only about 7K feet long at 12K foot altitude - and the airport was closed for ten days after we departed for Santiago at 0-dark hundred that morning.  

    "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

    by PrahaPartizan on Tue May 07, 2013 at 06:26:54 PM PDT

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