Finally, the Y1 Himalaya crossing5 September 2014
Finally my first flight over the famous Chinese Y1 airway last week! The airway over the Himalaya, with its enormous mountain peaks all around us. I could not wait to take some cool shots from this scenery since I joined Cargolux.
Before entering the L888 and Y1 airways we checked the oxygen supplies and briefed the emergency procedures regarding emergency descents, driftdown procedures in case of engine failure(s), cabin-decompression and emergency escape routes through the valleys with 'Minimum Safe Altitudes' of close to 24.000ft underneath us for a long stretch of time.
How big was the disappointment to see a solid cloud cover hiding the scenery below us. Well at least we had a nice moon to illuminate the clouds and some warm coffee to keep us awake... and I counted 5 shooting stars... that's something I guess.