World’s 10 Most Insanely Dangerous Airstrips
Air travel is one of the safest ways of travelling and the odds of being killed during a commercial airline flight are about 1 in 19.8 million. Things change if you chose to fly out of any of these dangerous airports, the risk being increasingly higher.
Here are the most dangerous airports from around the world:
Ice Runway, Antarctica has zero paved runways and it helps supply Antarctica’s McMurdo Station. The super-sized aircrafts like the C-130 Hercules and the C-17 Globemaster III has enough space to land but the trick is making sure that the ice doesn’t break when they land.
Congonhas Airport, Sao Paulo, Brazil is only 5 miles from the city center and this means that it doesn’t have a lot of room, the pilots having to be extremely careful during landings and take-offs.
Courchevel International Airport, Courchevel, France is 1,700 feet long and it has a hill in the middle. In order to reach this odd airstrip, you have to navigate through the French Alps.
Gibraltar Airport is located between Morocco and Spain and because there isn’t much room for the airstrip, it has to cut through everyday life.
Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba, Netherlands Antilles is only 1,300 feet long. One wrong move of the pilots and the plane is in the water.
Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan was built in the water because of the scarcity and is 3 miles offshore in Osaka Bay.
Madeira International Airport, Madeira, Portugal is only 5,000 feet and it poses a threat to even the most experienced pilots.
Lukla Airport, Nepal is a dangerous airport and because of that every time a plane lands, sirens inform people to take caution.
Princess Juliana International Airport, Simpson Bay, Saint Maarten is located right next to a beach, which causes the planes to land right overhead of tourists.
Svalbard Airport, Svalbard, Norway is located in the heart of the Arctic Ocean and is used for commercial flights, being the world’s northernmost airport where tourists may go.