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 %. Our list of top 10 extremely dangerous airports in the world may raise adrenaline as you move down the list. 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.
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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 record of several fatal accidents since 1943. 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 dangerous accidents including 2008 crash that killed 5 passengers. 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 results in tricky landing even for experienced pilots. This airport was infamous for its short runway which, lead to the extension of the runway 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. Due to bad weather conditions, the airport remains closed during night and functions only if there are emergencies.
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. Both ends of the runway have a steep slope directly leading into the ocean. It resembles a complete cliff immediately after the runway. A slight mistake from the pilot during takeoff and landing may take the aircraft directly into the sea.
5. Courchevel Airport (France)
Courchevel Airport is yet another dangerous airport with runway of just 1,722 feet long. Only experienced pilots are allowed to take charge over these routes. Runway has an upslope 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. It is considered as the most dangerous airport in Europe. Though commercial airlines land on daily basis, the Winston Churchill avenue (Gibraltar’s busiest road) directly cuts directly 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. Landing of super-sized planes 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 airport in the Caribbean and among the most dangerous airports in the world. The extremely short runway of 7,152 feet is right next to a beach, causing the planes to fly just 10-15 meters over the heads of the tourists wandering around the beach. Since the airport is attached near to the beach, it can add danger to the beach goers due to jet blasts.
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. It has witnessed several accidents due to high wind and well cloud-cover. It is situated at a height of 2,900 meters and the runway measures only 460 meters.