The most extreme airports in the world,
the most dangerous airports in the world

     



The most dangerous airports in the world

  Netherlands Antilles: Saba Island.   
  The airport, named after Aruban Minister Juancho Irausquin,  
   It has one of the short  
  commercial takeoff runways in the world.  
   This is one of the most difficult airports in the world,  
   Its size is very modest, only 1,300 feet (396 m) in length.  
  On the one hand, the airport is surrounded by hills,
  on the other hand with a drop in open sea.
 
  The combination of these circumstances led to closing the airport
  and just single exceptions are allowed by the Civil Aviation Authority
  of the Netherlands Antilles.
  An alternate name for this airport should be "Good Luck."
 
 


 

  Pilots require extra attention and concentration when using this airport
 
 
  One wrong move and you'd be in the water.
  One error of the pilot and the plane will fall into the water
  or collision with the rock.
 
  Luckily, only small aircraft land here.
 
 
 

  Gustaf III Airport (St. Bart)
 
 
  The French island of Saint Barthélemy
  in the Caribbean might be the winter playground of the rich and famous,
  but unless you arrive via private yacht or boat charter,
  all the gobs of money in the world can't save you from enduring the white-knuckled
  landing on the short airstrip at St. Barth's Gustaf III/St. Jean Airport (SBH).
 
  The concrete runway begins at the base of slight hill,
  and goes for only 2,100 feet (640 m) before landing right on St.
  Jean's beach and the harbor of the island's second largest town.
  Sunbathers can totally lie out right
  next to the sand strip at the end of the runway,
  this it's a hugely popular plane spotting destination
  for those who enjoy small, prop planes.
  You see, because of the itty-bitty airport and runway size,
  major flights must land at the neighboring island of St. Maarten,
  where they have a big, modern airport.
  From there, the Barths-bound folks either
  jump aboard a ferry or hop a WINAIR, Air Caraïbes,
  and St-Barth Commuter flight in planes usually holding twenty or less passengers.
 
  Therefore, it is not recommended,
  is located in the immediate vicinity of the landing area of the aircraft.
  Since crash aircraft at the airport is no exception.
  One wrong move and you'd be in the water.
  An airplane crashes, after the jump.
 
  And since St. Barth is quite the hotspot
  from the end of November through the beginning of March,
  you can imagine how many small planes
  buzz over the tops of the houses and cars like mosquitos,
  on their steep approach to SBH.
  Although it is a dangerous airport, there have been few accidents.
  The video above shows the most recent:
  a Piper Aztec ran out of runway and crashed on the beach this last May,
  amazingly with no injuries.
  Special road signs warning drivers and pedestrians about the dangers  
    coming from airplanes.
 
  Airport receives light aircraft for up to 20 passengers.  
    The largest ever aircraft was a Canadian aircraft landing here   
  De Havilland Canada Dash 7   
  Up to 50 people and two crew members.   
  In the picture De Havilland Canada Dash 7, but this is an exception.
 
  Most planes landing here, this little light aircraft.
  Gustavus Airport also belongs
  to the most extreme and difficult airports in the world!
 
  The airport and the main town on the island named after the Swedish king Gustav III,   
  under which Sweden received the island from France.   
  in 1784 (it was sold back to France in 1878).   
  Next aerlport:   
  Princess Juliana International Airport (Saint Martin)
 
 
 
  Princess Juliana International Airport serves Saint Maarten,
  the Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin.
  It is the second busiest airport in the Eastern Caribbean.
  The airport is famous for its short landing strip — only 2,180 metres/7,152 ft,
  which is barely enough for heavy jets.
  Because of this, the planes approach the island flying extremely low,
  right over Maho Beach.
  Countless photos of large jets flying at 10--20 m/30-60 ft
  over relaxing tourists at the beach have been dismissed as fakes many times,
  but are nevertheless real.
  For this reason as well it has become a favourite for planespotters.
  Despite the difficulties in approach, there has been no records of major aviation
  incidents at the airport.
  Many vacationers despite prohibiting signs,
  love to run under the airplanes and to photograph them.
 
  Even the thrust from the engines, can cause injury curious onlookers  
   which may fall under the jets flying planes!
 
 
 
  Despite the complexity of the airport, serious accidents were not here.
 
 

  Courchevel International Airport,  
    Courchevel, France: This runway   
  the length of the entire length of 525 m (1700 ft)
  with a hill in the middle of the strip and at an angle of 18.5%
 
 
 
 
 
  In the photo image of the work of a this airport, with (max.)
  Angle of 18.5% runway.   
  The descent into the airport side, on a clear day.
 
  Nice view over the village of Courchevel.
 
  Beginning my 90 degree turn, passing near another mountain
 
 
  Lining up on runway 23. From here, you can actually see how short the runway is .
 
  On short final! If you get too low, you'll crash into the hillside.
 
  Almost touching down, just after the treshhold...
 
  View from the tower.
 
  Taxiing to our parking; at the background, you'll see the airport building.
 
 
 
  And a few more photos of the snow-covered mountains,
  one of the most dangerous airports in the world.
  Courchevel, France
 
 
 
  The town of Courchevel is located in the French Alps
  and is one of the most famous ski resorts in the world.
  The airport is located in the mountains and is famous
  not only for being dangerous
  but for the fact that it has starred in James Bond «Tommorow never dies»,
  where Pierce Brosnan landed the plane there successfully.
  The runway is too narrow and mainly used by small aircrafts
  or helicopter charters, and that’s why it requires well-trained pilots.
 
 

  Another very dangerous airport is located in Honduras.
 
  Toncontin International Airport, Honduras.
 

 
  Toncontin International Airport,
   Honduras - civilian and military airport that serves Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  
  History Channel program has made this airport  
  the list of the most extreme airports in the world  
  It is too short runway (up to 2009 - 1863 m, Now - 2021 m)  
  and reaching is the complexity, which requires  
  to large commercial aircraft performed stressful maneuver left.  
  Because of the terrain turning maneuver is performed at low altitude.   
  The efforts have been made to replace Toncontin for years  
  Other airports Palmerola (Palmerola) in Comayagua,  
  which is currently the airbase USAF and Honduras.
 
  The runway is situated in a valley surrounded by mountains
  and there’s only one way in and one way out for the planes,
  which increases the risk dramatically.
  Despite these high-risk factors, planes as large as Boeing 757’s land
  at the airport on a daily basis.
 
 
 
  Getting through the mountains is only one hurdle to overcome
  for a safe landing in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
  Toncontin has a number of strikes against it.
  It’s situated in a valley 3,294 feet (1,004 m) above sea level.
  During descent, planes need to make a 45-degree bank to effectively reach the 7,000-foot runway located in a valley.
  Due to the surrounding mountainous terrain,
  passengers will experience a quick drop in altitude in order
  for the plane to line up with the runway.
  Frequent winds complicate matters, as pilots are forced
  to make several last-second adjustments.
 One of the most dangerous airport landings.
  Boeing 757s are the largest aircraft that can land at Toncontín Int'l Airport,
  as it is one of the shortest international runways in the world.
  Toncontín Int'l Airport has received much criticism for being
  one of the most dangerous in the world due to its proximity
  to the mountains and for years efforts
  have been made to replace it with Soto Cano Airport in Comayagua,
  currently a Honduran Military Airbase.
  Toncontín has been improved significantly by the work
  of CAT (the Airport Corporation of Tegucigalpa) and by InterAirports,
  a company hired by the government of Honduras to administer the four airports of the country.
  After TACA Flight 390 crashed on May 30, 2008 it was announced
  by Honduran President Manuel Zelaya that all large airplanes would,
  within 60 days, use the Soto Cano Air Base instead of Toncontín,
  removing all the International traffic from Toncontin limiting it to only domestic
  flights and small planes.
  There have been calls for years to replace aging Toncontin International Airport,
  whose short runway, primitive navigation equipment
  and neighboring hills make it one of the world's more dangerous international airports. Toncontín Int'l Airport was built on the southern edge of hilly Tegucigalpa
  in 1948 with a runway less than 5,300 feet (1,600 meters) long &emdash;
  shorter than that of a small field such as Municipal Airport in Goldsboro, N.C.
 
 
 
 
  Honduran air officials now say they will close Toncontín Int'l Airport
  to large jets and permanently transfer those flights
  to the former military airfield at Palmerola.
  Larger jets will now operate out of the Palmerola Airport,
  also known as the Soto Cano Honduran Air Force Base,
  about 30 miles north of the capital -- where the runways is 2,900 meters (9,500ft).
  Too bad so many lives were involved in the decision making process.

  The most dangerous airport in the world is the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla,
  which is located in the mountains of Nepal.
 
 
  The airport is named for the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest,  
   Tenzing-Hillary Airport Lukla Airport was originally called,  
   and it is located in the town of Lukla, Nepal.  
   Eraport situated at an altitude of 9100 feet (2800 m)
 
  Where in addition to danger of height, dominated by strong winds  
  (Limit impact on maneuverability) and Clear (affects visibility)  
  which often lead to the closure of the airport,
   but there is a very special aspect of a terrible Tenzing-Hillary  
  - One end of the runway rests on the mountain!
   while the other end of the runway ends with a cliff!  
  The airport is accessible only by helicopter and small aircraft, fixed wing,
   short takeoff and landing.  
  The only runway is 1,500 feet (460 m) long and 65 feet (20 m)
  wide and has a 12% slope gradient.
 
  Tenzing-Hillary airport operates only during the day,  
   as it has no funds for a night landing.
 
  All aircraft must land in a northerly direction   
  on the hill and take off south through 2,000 feet (610m) precipice.   
  There is no possibility to go to a second maneuver,
  the pilots did not have the right to make mistakes.
 
  Only one pilot error or equipment failure,
  crash lead to a pilot error,
  will cost lives and injuries to many passengers,
  many believe Lukla most dangerous airport in the world.
  Несчастные случаи на Тенцинг-Хиллари
  Many consider Lukla the most dangerous airport in the world. Accidents at Tenzing-Hillary
  For an airport with limited service, Tenzing-Hillary has had
  far more then it's share of accidents.
  On 15 October 1973, on landing at the airport,
  a Royal Nepal Airlines DHC-6 Twin Otter 300, registration 9N-ABG,
  was damaged beyond repair. The three crew and three passengers were unhurt.
  On 9 June 1991, flying from Kathmandu,
  a Royal Nepal Airlines DHC-6 Twin Otter 300,
  registration 9N-ABA, crashed at the airport while attempting
  to land following an unstabilized approach in bad weather.
  All three crew and fourteen passengers were unhurt.
  On 26 September 1992, a Royal Air Nepal Harbin Yunshuji Y-12-11
  registered 9N-ACI faltered during take-off and was damaged beyond repair.
  All on board (twelve passengers and two crew) survived.
  On 25 May 2004, while on approach to the airport,
  a Yeti Airlines DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300 (registration 9N-AFD)
  flying from Kathmandu crashed into Lamjura Hill in heavy cloud.
  No passengers were on board, but all three crew members were killed.
  The Nepalese accident investigation committee concluded that the captain provided
  inaccurate information as regards his position to the Area Control Centre.
  On 1 October 2004, on landing at the airport,
  a Sita Air Dornier Do 228 suffered a collapse of its nose gear
  and slid along the runway, blocking it once it had come to rest.
  The airport was closed for two days.
  On 30 June 2005, a Gorkha Airlines Dornier Do 228 skidded off the runway while attempting to land.
  The nine passengers and three crew suffered minor injuries.
  The aircraft was reportedly withdrawn from use and written off after the accident.
  On 8 October 2008, Yeti Airlines Flight 103, a DHC-6 Twin Otter,
  crashed on final approach and caught fire, killing eighteen passengers and crew.
  The aircraft's captain was the only survivor.
  On 25 August 2010, Agni Air Flight 101 crashed at Shikharpur while
  returning to Kathmandu after bad weather had prevented
  it from reaching Lukla. All eleven passengers and three crew perished.
  On 12 October 2010, a Sita Air Dornier Do 228 (registration 9N-AHB)
  lost braking control and impacted the wall-end of the runway during landing.
  All passengers and crew on board survived without injuries
  and the aircraft received damage to its nose.

 
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