What if you are one among them who chose to land in any of these airports, the probability of getting killed would be increased up to 70 %. These airports are dangerous to land as it lacks long runways, paved runways, general sanity, and fair weather. If one wants to experience a positive adventure over these routes, then challenge yourselves to move forward to land on any of these airports. Our list of top 10 extremely dangerous airports in the world may raise adrenaline as you move down the list.
10. Congonhas Airport (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Congonhas Airport is one of three commercial airports serving Sao Paulo. It is located 5 miles from the city center. Congonhas Airport has records of several fatal accidents since 1943. Additionally, it is awkward for planes to land and take-off during rainy season due to slippery conditions on the runway.
9. Toncontin International Airport (Honduras)
Toncontin International Airport has experienced several fatal accidents including 2008 crash that killed 5 passengers. The airport is surrounded by valleys and mountains. There is only one way in and one way out for the planes making it most difficult for navigation.
8. Madeira Airport (Santa Catarina, Santa)
Madeira Airport is situated near the city of Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira. It is sandwiched between high mountains and ocean, which happens to be tricky even for experienced pilots. With almost impossible landing conditions in Madeira during the initial days, the runway was further extended to 2,781 meters.
7. Barra Airport ( Scotland)
Barra Airport situated in the wide shallow bay in the island of Barra. It is distinct from other airports since the scheduled flights use beaches as the runway. Additionally, the airport remains closed at night due to bad weather conditions. The planes would be allowed to land in the airport only in extreme emergency scenarios.
6. Juancho E Yrausouin Airport (Saba Island, Netherlands)
Juancho E Yrausouin Airport is extremely dangerous due to its short runway, which is merely 1300 feet in length. Both ends of the runway have a steep slope directly leading into the ocean. Additionally, It resembles a complete cliff immediately after the runway. A slight mistake by the pilot either during takeoff or landing may take the aircraft directly into the sea.
5. Courchevel Airport (France)
Courchevel Airport, located in Courchevel, consists of a runway with a stripe length of just 1,722 feet. Only experienced pilots are allowed to take charge over these routes. The runway has an up-slope and an adjacent area that is the location of ski runs. Since the airport is located 6,500 feet above the sea level, weather condition makes it impossible to fly during dense fog and low clouds.
4. Gibraltar International Airport (Between Morocco and Spain)
Gibraltar International Airport is a civilian airport sandwiched between Morocco and Spain. Additionally, it is considered the most dangerous airport in Europe. Though commercial airlines land on daily basis, the Winston Churchill Avenue (Gibraltar’s busiest road) directly cuts across the runway. Vehicles are made to stop every time an aircraft arrives or departs.
3. Ice Runway (Antarctica)
Ice Runway is one of the three major airstrips in Antarctica for research programs during summer Antarctic field season due to its proximity McMurdo Station. Even giant planes are capable of landing at Ice Runway since there is no shortage of landing space. But unfortunately, a Lockheed EC-121 Warning star crash landed, which caused drastic bruises for both the pilots on board. However, the plane could not be recovered since the ice bed melted gradually after the crash landing. Finally, landing a super-sized plane wouldn’t be a problem as they are directed to Pegasus field.
2. Princess Juliana International Airport (Sint Maarten)
Princess Juliana International Airport is regarded as one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean. The extremely short runway of 7,152 feet is right next to a beach, causing the planes to fly just between 10 and 15 meters over the heads of the tourists wandering around the beach. Additionally, the risk of getting killed increases much more due to jet blasts against them from the aircraft.
1. Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Nepal)
Tenzing-Hillary Airport is named after Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, first people to reach the peak of Mount Everest. The airport is preceded by high terrains with one end of the runway resembling the suicide drop point. Further, the airport has witnessed several accidents due to the high-velocity wind and extreme cloud-cover. With an extremely short runway of just 460 meters located at a height of 2,900 meters, the Tenzing-Hillary stands to be the most dangerous airport of all time.
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