Yeah IIRC, China Air had the ignoble distinction of being the last to crash at Kai Tak and the first to crash at Chep Lap Kok.
They rolled a six week old 747 into the bay (damaged beyond repair) on landing long at Kai Tak (no fatalities or serious injuries) and it’s Mandarin subsidiary had that MD11 flip its wing on landing at ChepLapKok. Miraculously “only” three fatalities especially in view of the bad crash. Both during a typhoon.
SQ lost a 747 during a typhoon at CKS> I would say don’t fly when a storm is nearing.
But back to Songshan. If they can make it into a large park like Golden Gate Park in SAn FRancisco or Central Park in NYC, then i would be in favor of getting rid of it as an airport. Otherwise, NO.
Meantime, what have they done with the old tiny airport in TAichung? ShuiNan I think it was called.
edit: OH here are some plans. What they do with Shui Nan will give you an idea what they will do with Song Shan
Oh here it is:
en.tracesofwar.com/article/31090 … irport.htm
That was the coolest tiny airport to fly to. Back in the day I used to take China Air’s YS11 (they bought two second hand ones from Japan and promptly lost the first one landing at SongShan). Scared me shitless that plane, but used to be a scary 30 min flight to and back from Shuinan. I hated flying in the plane , and still hate turboprops. But it was way cool to roll up to the chock and walk out and through one door and right into this cute ,tiny terminal that was smaller then the smallest bus station it seems and take a quick taxi ride into downtown Taichung !
Back in the day there was less security too. Just roll up to the airport and get your ticket and boarding pass and fly. That simple.
Later Fokker F50s and SAAB 340s and ATR42s flew to Shuinan before it closed up and operations moved to CCK . Which i’ve never been too.
So what has happened to ShuiNan? What have they done with it, other then make this giant wave pool used in the filming of whats that movie again? The boy and the tiger in the boat.