Basalt Island, where a Douglas DC-4 carrying 35 passengers and crew crashed in heavy fog in 1948 on its approach to Hong Kong’s Kai Tak airport from Shanghai. All those on board were killed. Picture: T. K. Woo Basalt Island, where a Douglas DC-4 carrying 35 passengers and crew crashed in heavy fog in 1948 on its approach to Hong Kong’s Kai Tak airport from Shanghai. All those on board were killed. Picture: T. K. Woo
Basalt Island, where a Douglas DC-4 carrying 35 passengers and crew crashed in heavy fog in 1948 on its approach to Hong Kong’s Kai Tak airport from Shanghai. All those on board were killed. Picture: T. K. Woo
Adam Nebbs
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Travellers' Checks by Adam Nebbs

How Hong Kong’s first and worst commercial plane crash happened 70 years ago

  • US president Theodore Roosevelt’s grandson and the older brother of Rong Yiren, later China’s vice-president and founder of Citic Group, among 35 killed
  • DC-4 came down in fog 15km from Kai Tak airport in December 1948

Basalt Island, where a Douglas DC-4 carrying 35 passengers and crew crashed in heavy fog in 1948 on its approach to Hong Kong’s Kai Tak airport from Shanghai. All those on board were killed. Picture: T. K. Woo Basalt Island, where a Douglas DC-4 carrying 35 passengers and crew crashed in heavy fog in 1948 on its approach to Hong Kong’s Kai Tak airport from Shanghai. All those on board were killed. Picture: T. K. Woo
Basalt Island, where a Douglas DC-4 carrying 35 passengers and crew crashed in heavy fog in 1948 on its approach to Hong Kong’s Kai Tak airport from Shanghai. All those on board were killed. Picture: T. K. Woo
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Adam Nebbs

Adam Nebbs

Adam has lived in Hong Kong since 1988. He briefly managed the demise of the Wanderlust travel bookshop on Hollywood road in the mid 1990s, then worked as Associate Editor on Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine Discovery for several years. He began writing Travellers’ Checks for Post Magazine in 1998, working for several years under the pseudonym Peter Walbrook. A former contributing editor for the exclusive luxury travel guide NB Review, he has also edited several books, including the first-ever travel guide to Uzbekistan in 1996, and 'The Amazing Adventures of Betsy And Niki' (2008) by Captain Charles “Chic” Eather. His non-fiction book 'The Great Fire of Hong Kong', was published in 2010.