Himalayas from above

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Himalayas from above
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Flying jet aircraft from the Middle East to the Far East inevitably leads to crossing the Himalaya range.

As it covers huge area of very high summits there is only one crossing airlines use to sneak across it, which provides least time and distance in the 'danger' zone. There are special procedures requiring precise navigation in case of decompression or engine failure as portrayed in this chart:

Red numbers indicate the minimum safe altitude in thousand of feet, black arrows direct the crew towards the lowest terrain when immediate descent is necessary.

Flying at 30-something thousands of feet above the Earth normally makes the ground below very distant. In this particular case you feel like almost touching those mountain peaks.

Flying yesterday the weather co-operated and we were lucky to have a great view - usually those mountains are covered by the thick layer of clouds.

Few shots:

Seems we are out of harm's way...China ahead

Thank you,

Dom

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