Unsafe to land here.
There are several airports that are considered unsafe. Of course, not to say that they are absolutely unusable for flights – no airline would risk passengers.
However, these airports can deliver the traveler a few very unpleasant moments during takeoff and landing, and some of them happened real tragedy that cost the lives of many passengers.
1. Airport “Kai tak” Place: Hong Kong Passenger traffic per year: 29.5 million in 1996, before the closure of the Airport “Kai tak” was the main gateway site from 1925 to 1998 July 6, 1998, all flights were transferred to the new airport “Chek lap Kok”. Because of the many skyscrapers and mountains located to the North and the only runway 13/31, jutting out into Victoria Harbour, landings at the airport was very difficult. And so difficult the approach was complicated by frequent severe and changeable in the direction of the wind. In addition, the turn to the landing pattern is performed only visually, which made it impossible to land in poor weather conditions. Due to the location of the airport, surrounded by high hills and close to the water, as well as the presence of residential buildings in close proximity to him, the airport “Kai tak” was considered one of the most dangerous airports in the world, and landing aircraft at the airport looked very spectacular because of its complexity.
2. The international airport of Damascus Location: Damascus, Syria Passenger traffic per year: no data Airport is located 29 km South-East of Damascus. The length of the two runways of the airport is 3,600 m and 3,598 m, and the height above sea level is 616 m. the Airport of Damascus was among the most dangerous in the military actions that go on throughout the country. Currently, the city of Damascus has become a center of armed conflict, making its airport one of the most dangerous in the world.
3. Airport “Gibraltar” Place: Gibraltar Passenger traffic per year: 652 thousand airport Owner is the Ministry of defence of the United Kingdom that uses the airport for military purposes. Also carried out and the civil aviation flights to the UK and Spain. The airport has one asphalt runway with a length of 1829 m and is located only 500 m from the city centre. Airport “Gibraltar” – one of the few airports in the world where the runway crosses the road. In this regard, on the road often stop the traffic, to skip planes.
4. Airport “, Huanco-Erauskin” Location: Caribbean region, Passenger traffic per year: more than 20 thousand Landing at the airport, located on the Peninsula, the pilots have to cope with strong winds and sea spray. In addition, the length of the runway is only 396,5 M.
5. Airport “Courchevel” Place: France Passenger traffic per year: there is no data At the airport is very short runway with a length of 525 m with a slope of 18.5%. Runway has no ILS system, which limits the functionality of the airport in the fog. This means that pilots should try to land the plane on the first attempt, which can end in tragedy, as the strip ends in a cliff. Despite this, there are private planes.
6. Airport “Barra” Place: Scotland Passenger traffic per year: 10 700 Airport “Barra” is a unique airport with its sandy runways for aircraft with short takeoff and landing characteristics. One of the ten most dangerous airports in the world. The only airport in the world on the sea coast, with three sandy runway. The ending of the runway is marked by wooden fences. Tide interrupts the operation of the airport, hiding it under water. Possible emergency arrivals and departures at night (exhibited light marks the center line of the runway and reflective strips). However, the airfield is not certified for use at night.
7. Airport “aspen – Pitkin” Location: Pitkin County, Colorado, United States Passenger traffic per year: 248 thousand Airport “aspen – Pitkin County” is located in the city of aspen, located within the County Pitkin of the U.S. state of Colorado, and its height above sea level is 2384 m. the Airport is at a distance of 6 km North-West of the city’s business district and occupies a total area of 232 ha. Strong wind and high altitude above sea level, make this airport one of the most difficult for pilots. Over the past few years at the airport have been several serious incidents which led to the fact that the airport has received the glory of the most dangerous in the country.
8. Airport “Paro” Venue: Paro, Bhutan Ridership in year: 182 thousand Airport “Paro” is one of two airports in the Kingdom of Bhutan and the only paved runway. Located 6 km from Paro at a height of over 2 thousand meters in a small valley of the river Paro airport is surrounded by peaks-five thousand meters, so is considered to be one of the toughest on the planet.
9. Airport “Gustaf III” Location: the island of St. Barthelemy Passenger traffic per year: no data runway was built perpendicular to the coast, so pilots who come in for a landing, inadvertently creates a feeling of falling into the sea. Located the runway at a slight angle and has a length of just 650 metres, which further complicates the situation. The runway ends right on the beach, so during the holidays, travelers can observe the maneuvers of miniature aircraft.
10. Airport “Princess Juliana” Venue: Simpson Bay, St. Maarten Passenger traffic per year: 1.8 million international airport “Princess Juliana” is one of the largest transportation hubs in the Caribbean region. One of the ten most dangerous airports in the world. Torets runway airport is located directly on the beach, close to Maho beach, so that aircraft during landing flying at an altitude of 10-20 meters above the heads of tourists on the beach at the end of the runway. Despite the fact that takeoff and landing look really terrifying, at the airport there was not one major catastrophe.
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