Not the best place for first flight.
Fear of flying? Psychologists believe fear of flying is one of the most difficult psychological problems: some shudder even thinking about how to get on a plane and off the ground. Sometimes, this fear becomes for people serious obstacle to ensuring that move freely around the world and see many wonderful distant countries. According to some studies, fear of flying is exacerbated when it comes to security issues, including at the airport.
In this issue we will tell you about the 25 most terrible airports in the world where terror is born long before getting on a plane.
1. International airport Wellington, New Zealand.
Landing at this airport can be very dangerous, because there is only one — and that short — runway, which, moreover, ends… in the sea. Despite this, it is very picturesque, so that this airport is not only one of the most dangerous, but also one of the most beautiful.
2. Agatti Airport, Lakshadweep, India.
This airport is surrounded by the Indian ocean, which, naturally, the question arises: what happens if during the landing something went wrong or the pilot is simply not enough space to brake? Runway with a length of 1219 m is so small that is similar to a fragment of a larger runway, part of which is as if gone under the sea. Because of the dangers that have a short strip, repeatedly offered to stretch it, but so far the flight continued normally, because this is the only airport of Lakshadweep — Indian territory, consisting of 36 luxury exotic Islands.
3. International airport Savannah / Hilton head, USA.
Of course, this is not a “dangerous” airport (compared to others in this list), but there is something unusual. If you ever drive by taxi along the runway 10 at the airport, you will be able to see something creepy. The fact that the band 10 is engraved… a couple of graves. They belong to the former owners of the land on which the airport is now — their last wish was to be buried here.
4. Airport Narsarsuaq, Greenland.
Landing in this beautiful thanks to the natural environment airport and one of the most remote on the planet can either be amazing or the most terrible experience — in any case, unforgettable. But for pilots this is, without doubt, a nightmare, because in order to land here, need to fly along the fjord in constant fear to get into turbulence, which occurs even in the seemingly windless days.
5. Kansai international airport, Japan.
The dimensions of the artificial island Kansai is 4 km long and 2.5 km wide — they say he even visible from space. From an engineering point of view, the local airport is one of the most impressive in the world but unfortunately the frequent earthquakes, powerful cyclones, and unstable seabed make this engineering masterpiece, one of the most dangerous airports in the world.
6. Don mueng international airport, Thailand.
It is “deceptive” airport, which from first glance there is nothing unusual. However, if you look closely, you will notice a very strange thing: right in the center of the two runways someone managed to squeeze… Golf course of 18 holes. This makes this airport not only one of the most dangerous, but also one of the strangest.
7. Paro Airport, Bhutan.
The fact that only 8 pilots worldwide are qualified to land here should already tell you a lot. But if that’s not enough, you must also be interested in the fact that Paro airport is 2.4 km above sea level and surrounded by sharp peaks-five thousand meters, the runway — all 1980 m in length. And finally, rumor has it that the passengers dared to land in this tiny airport in the Himalayas, usually taking sedative pills to put in order the nerves.
8. Airport Kaitak, Hong Kong.
Many pilots considered it the most terrible airport, which is why it and closed in 1998. Strong crosswinds and the surrounding mountains only added to the difficulties during landing, and at one time this place was most unpopular for the locals. Not for nothing because this airport is called “the father of all the worst airports.”
9. The international airport of Barra, Scotland.
This is a truly unique airport on the planet, because there instead of the runway used… the beach. Yes, you read that right: the beach has three runways in the shape of a triangle and they noted wooden poles at the ends.
10. Congonhas Airport, Brazil.
The most dangerous and at the same time strange at this airport is the fact that it is just 8 km from the city centre. If you travel frequently, you should know that the most populous and largest city in the world usually construct their airports on the outskirts or even a few kilometers from the city limits for safety reasons, but apparently, the residents of Sao Paulo did not hear about this. As a result, every aircraft landing at this airport is a real challenge in terms of security.
11. Airport Gisborne, New Zealand.
Maybe this sounds like an exaggeration, but it’s probably one of the craziest airports in the world. Why? Yes, because straight across the main runway is a railway. Yes, Yes, a real railroad! Managers should coordinate takeoffs and landings with the arrival of trains. And despite the fact that recently the road was closed after damage from the hurricane, the airport is still working, although carries only cargo flights since 2001.
12. Airport named Tenzing and Hillary, Nepal.
In 2010 the channel the History Channel called the most dangerous airport in the world. It is located at the altitude of 2900 meters, and its runway is framed by a high mountain on one side and a deep precipice on the other. Ideal conditions for landing, right?
13. International airport Los Angeles, USA.
The Los Angeles airport called the most dangerous in the United States. It is “intensive training program” for pilots, controllers and operators of vehicles on the issues of situational dangers and other aspects of safety on the runway.
14. Airport Courchevel, France.
This is one of the most dangerous airports in the world, despite the fact that he serves the rich, flown skiing in the French Alps. To get to the eponymous resort, you must first survive a thrilling landing at the airport. The runway is only 518 m in length, but the best “surprise” — it’s a hill somewhere in the middle of the strip.
15. International airport, old Mariscal Sucre, Ecuador.
It was a real nightmare even for the most experienced pilots. For starters, the airport was at high altitude, in the heart of the densely populated capital of Ecuador, which greatly increased the risk factor. Moreover, mountainous terrain, active volcanoes and a valley, which is constantly delayed by fog, only complicated the landing and take-offs at this airport. But that’s not all: the runway was rough, it had a lot of bumps. Fortunately, the airport finally closed down last year and rebuilt a new one.
16. The international airport Toncontin, Honduras.
In the list of most dangerous airports in the world channel History Channel this took second place, and not without reason. Its runway is in a valley surrounded by mountains, and the “input” and “output” for the aircraft is in one place, which, of course, increases the risk of tragedy. Surprisingly, despite this, even a Boeing 757 every day landing at this airport and fly out of it.
17. The Airport Of Gibraltar.
From the first glance it may seem that the airport is quite normal, but should you look closely, you will realize that it is not. Undoubtedly, the most exceptional is the fact that the main runway runs through the main street of the city. Yes. That is, each time have to land the plane, the cars must stop to allow the train… so we wanted to say a plane, of course.
18. Madeira Airport, Portugal.
This small international airport on the beautiful island of Madeira has a very short runway. And this despite the fact that in 2003 the length was doubled. In addition, the ocean surrounds it on one side, and mountains on the other. The airport is considered one of the most dangerous in the world.
19. Princess Juliana international airport, St. Maarten.
To land in this one of the busiest airports Caribbean, pilots flying over the beach, cross the fence, fly over the road, and then finally land.
20. Ice airport, Antarctica.
This is one of the three main runway used for delivery of provisions and researchers at McMurdo station in Antarctica. It is designed with the expectation of even a Boeing 757 and heavy cargo planes. At the moment the main danger of the airport is the weather, not the location of the airport.
21. International airport King Fahd, Saudi Arabia.
It is the largest airport in the world in terms of land area — it stretches for 300 square miles of desert. The local airport is so huge that — believe it or not — the pilots themselves sometimes find it difficult to say where it starts and where it ends, because from a distance it blends with the surrounding desert.
22. International airport Cleveland Hopkins, USA.
In technical terms, the location or plan of the airport is not bad, but here it works the most irresponsible staff in the world. One night air traffic controller was accused that he was watching a movie, instead of directing planes. And at other times administrators complained that the dispatchers night shift sleep during the breaks or playing electronic games, if the schedule of flights is not too dense.
23. Airport Gustaf III, St. Barthelemy.
This airport has an incredibly short runway, which usually serves small aircraft with a capacity not exceeding 20 passengers. There is a strip at the base of the slope, which ends at the beach. In addition, the aircraft pose a danger on the approach for hilly terrain, takeoff generally takes place almost over the heads of tourists on the beach.
24. Airport Bamda, Tibet.
Tibet is in the highest mountains of the world — the Himalayas, so it is not surprising that the airport Bamda is one of the highest in the world, it is at an altitude of over 4,000 meters. Most interesting is that the runway length is nearly 5 km, i.e. it is the longest runway in the world. The low oxygen at such altitudes can cause discomfort to the newcomers of this area, and reduces the performance of the engines of the aircraft, which landing here — a real test.
25. Airport on the island of Saba.
The path to this beautiful Caribbean island may be for you a nightmare, as the airport is a single runway length of 396 m. Surrounded by high cliffs, this little strip (which probably would be a great place for competitions in skateboarding) is almost terminated in the ocean. It is clear that large aircraft are simply not able to land here, but it’s not easy even for maize.
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