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"night of excitement"

Dave and I made it to Hong Kong this morning after quite an ordeal. Our plane was supposed to take off from Tokyo to Hong Kong at 6:30 p.m. yesterday but we found out earlier in the day that a tropical storm named Nuri was heading right for Hong Kong and was expected to hit Hong Kong in the afternoon. We kept checking the status of our flight online and it kept on showing that it was on schedule although other flights to Hong Kong were being cancelled right and left. We even called NWA right before we had to catch the bus to the airport (which takes 2 hours). The rep said that there has been no delays. We get to the airport and go to check in and sure enough our flight has been delayed till 9 p.m. No big deal we find a restaurant eat dinner, hang out watching other planes take off, etc. Our flight ends up taking off just as expected at 9 p.m. but the problem comes when we try to land. The pilot tells us that the winds have not died down enough for us to land in Hong Kong so we are going to hang out in the air for about an hour waiting for the winds to subside. An hour later the winds have not subsided and the plane needs more fuel so the pilot tells us that we are going to have to fly to Taipei to refuel and hang out until the landing conditions in HK improve. Taipei is only a little over an hour from HK so we landed there in no time. Unfortunately the Taiwan gov would not allow us to get off the plane since technically we were not supposed to be there - the jerks! They should of shown a bit of sympathy for us I think. We end up spending over 3 hours sitting at the gate in the plane in Taipei. It was around 2 a.m. in the morning at this point so although the thought of spending 3 hours on a plane sitting still on the tarmac has filled me with trepidation and worry, I told myself that we were actually still moving in the air headed to our destination that takes 8 hours instead of 4, and it worked because I fell completely asleep and woke up hours later. Finally after 3 hours in the very inhospitable country of Taiwan, the pilot tells us that the winds have died down in Hong Kong and a few airplanes have successfully landed and we were going to take off but it was going to be a bumpy descent into Hong Kong. We did experience some strong turbulence on the way down but it was over quick enough. We successfully landed in Hong Kong around 6 a.m. Hong Kong time. This whole ordeal from take off to landing was about 10 hours long. The original flight was 3 hours and 45 minutes. However, we were duly compensated for our unfortunate situation with several gift certificates including $25 off our next round trip flight with NWA. The flight ended with the head flight attendant coming on the intercom and thanking us all for basically not rioting and for showing extreme patience in this "night of excitement." We were just thrilled to be on solid ground again.

Posted by schuckley 02:50 Archived in Hong Kong

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Wow! How fortunate you were able to fall asleep!
Frustrating to deal with, I'm sure, but thankful y'all made it back to Hong Kong. :)

by sthrngrace

GOOD MORNING! SORRY WE MISSED YOUR PHONE CALL THIS MORNING. WE WERE HERE, BUT THE RINGER ON THE PHONE UP STAIRS IS NOT WORKING. SO I GUESS WE NEED A NEW PHONE.GLAD YOUR FLIGHT LANDED IN GREAT SHAPE. YOUR DAD AND I HAD OUR FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH A CANCELED FLIGHT IN JULY FLYING TO ANDY'S PARTY. SPENT THE NIGHT IN CANTON, OH. BUT ALL ENDED WELL FOR US ALSO. JUST A LOT OF UNHAPPY PEOPLE. WE PRAY THE REST OF YOUR TRIP WILL BE WONDERFUL. TAKE CARE AND SAFE TRAVEL AND GODS, BLESSINGS LOVE, DAD AND MOM

by jwrossrd

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