The most terrible airports from around the world
Are you afraid to fly? Psychologists believe fear of flying one of the most difficult psychological problems: some shudder even at the thought of how to get on a plane and get off the ground. Sometimes this fear becomes for people serious obstacle to the fact that to move freely around the world and see many wonderful distant countries. According to some studies, fear of flying is compounded when it comes to security issues, including the airport.
In this issue, we will tell you about the most terrible 25 airports in the world in which fear is born long before you sit on the plane.
International Airport, Wellington, New Zealand.
Landing at the airport can be very dangerous, because there is only one - and that short - runway, which also ends up in the sea .... Despite this, it is very picturesque, so that the airport is not only the one of the most dangerous, but also one of the most beautiful.
Agatti Airport, Lakshadweep, India.
The airport is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, which is why, of course, raises the question: what would happen if during planting something goes wrong or the pilot simply not enough space to brake? Airfield at 1,219 m in length is so small that looks like a fragment of a larger runway, part of which is as if the left under the sea. Because of the dangers that have a short strip, not once offered to stretch it, but as long as the flights are continuing as normal, so it is the only airport in Lakshadweep -.. Indian territory, consisting of 36 luxury exotic islands.
Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport, USA.
Of course, this is not a "dangerous" airport (compared to others in this list), but there is something unusual. If you ever will drive by taxi along the runway 10 at the airport, you will be able to see something terrifying. The fact that the band 10 is engraved couple ... graves. They belong to the former owners of the land on which the airport is now - their last wish was to be buried here.
Narsarsuaq Airport, Greenland.
Landing in this beautiful natural environment thanks to the airport and one of the most remote in the world can be a terrific, or the most terrible experience - in any event, a memorable one. But for the pilots is, without doubt, a nightmare, t. To., In order to land here, to fly along the fjord in constant fear get in the turbulence, which happens even in a seemingly windless days.
Kansai International Airport, Japan.
The dimensions of the artificial island of Kansai is 4 km long and 2, 5 km wide - they say he even visible from space. From an engineering point of view of the local airport - one of the most impressive in the world, but, unfortunately, frequent earthquakes, cyclones and strong unstable seabed makes this a masterpiece of engineering, one of the most dangerous airports in the world.
The international airport Don Muang, Thailand.
This is a "deceptive" airport, which is not unusual at first glance. However, if you look closely, you will notice quite a strange thing: right in the center of the two runways someone managed to squeeze ... the golf course with 18 holes. This makes this airport is not only one of the most dangerous, but also one of the most bizarre.
Airport Paro, Bhutan.
The fact that only 8 pilots around the world are qualified to land here already should tell you a lot. But if that's not enough, you will probably also be interested in the fact that Paro Airport is 2, 4 km above sea level and is surrounded by sharp peaks-five thousand meters and the runway - all length of 1980 m. Finally, there are rumors that the passengers who dared to land at the tiny airport in the Himalayas, usually throws sedative pill to tidy up the nerves.
Airport Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong.
Many pilots consider this place the most terrible airport, and that is why it was closed and in 1998. Strong side wind and the surrounding mountains only added difficulties during landing, and at one time this place was the least popular for the locals. Not for nothing that this airport is called "the father of all the most terrible airports."
Barra International Airport, Scotland.
This is a truly unique airport in the world, because there instead of the runway used ... beach. Yes, you read it right: on the beach are three runways in a triangle shape, and they are marked by wooden poles at the ends.
Congonhas Airport, Brazil.
The most dangerous and at the same time, the country at the airport - the fact that it is located only 8 km from the city center. If you travel frequently, you should know that the most populous and largest city in the world are usually built on the outskirts of its airports, or even a few kilometers from the city limits due to security reasons, but apparently the residents of São Paulo about such did not hear. As a result, each landing of an aircraft at the airport is a real challenge in terms of security.
Gisborne Airport, New Zealand.
This may sound like an exaggeration, but it is probably one of the craziest airports in the world. Why? Yes, because right across the main runway railroad passes. Yes, yes - a real railroad! Dispatchers need to coordinate takeoff and landing to the arrival of the train. And despite the fact that recently closed the road after the damage caused by the hurricane, the airport is still operating, although carries only cargo flights since 2001.
named Tenzing and Hillary Airport, Nepal.
In 2010, the History Channel channel called the most dangerous airport in the world. It is located at an altitude of 2900 meters, and its runway is framed by a high mountain on one side and the deepest abyss on the other. Ideal conditions for landing, right?
Los Angeles International Airport, USA.
Los Angeles Airport has repeatedly called the most dangerous in the United States. It held "intensive training program" for pilots, controllers and operators of vehicles on situational hazards and other aspects of security on the runway.
Courchevel Airport, France.
This is one of the most dangerous airports in the world, despite the fact that it caters to the wealthy, who flew to ski in the French Alps. To get to the resort of the same name, you must first survive a breathtaking landing at the airport. The runway is just 518 meters long, but the best "surprise" - a hill somewhere in the middle of the band.
International Airport Mariscal Sucre Old, Ecuador.
It was a real nightmare for even the most experienced pilots. To begin with, the airport was at a high altitude, in the heart of the densely populated capital of Ecuador, which greatly increases the risk factor. Moreover, highlands, active volcanoes and the valley, which is constantly delayed by fog, only complicated the landing and take-offs at the airport. But that's not all: the runway was rough, she was wearing a lot of bumps. Fortunately, the airport finally closed in the last year and have built a new one.
Tonkotin International Airport, Honduras.
In the list of the most dangerous airports channel World History Channel that won second place, and not without reason. Its runway is located in a valley surrounded by mountains, the "input" and "output" for the aircraft is in one place, which, of course, increases the risk of tragedy. Surprisingly, in spite of this, even a Boeing 757 every day land at the airport and fly out of it.
At first glance it may seem that the airport is quite normal, but it is worth a closer look, and you will realize that it is not. Undoubtedly the most extraordinary fact is that the main runway passes through the main street of the city. Yes Yes. That is, each time to land the aircraft, cars must stop to allow the train ... that is, we want to say the plane, of course.
Airport Madeira, Portugal.
This small international airport on the beautiful island of Madeira has a very short runway. And this despite the fact that in 2003, its length was doubled. In addition, ocean surrounds her with one hand, and the mountains - on the other. The airport is considered one of the most dangerous in the world.
Princess Juliana Airport, the island of St. Martin.
To land in this one of the busiest airports of the Caribbean, the pilots fly over the beach, cross the fence, flying over the road, and then finally landing.
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 is the airport weather conditions, rather than the location of the airport itself.
King Fahd International Airport, Saudi Arabia.
It is the largest airport in the world in terms of land area - it stretches for 300 square meters. miles of desert. The local airport is so huge that - believe it or not - the pilots themselves sometimes find it difficult to tell where it begins and where it ends, that is, to a great distance it blends with the surrounding desert...
Cleveland Hopkis International Airport, USA.
In technical terms, with the location or the plan of the airport is not bad, but it employs the most irresponsible staff in the world. One night the air traffic controller was accused that he was watching a movie, instead of directing the aircraft. And another time, administrators have complained that controllers night shift sleep in breaks or playing electronic games, if the schedule of flights is not too tight.
Airport Gastaf III, St. Barthelemy.
The airport has a very short runway, which typically serves smaller aircraft with no more than 20 passengers. There is a strip at the bottom of the slope, which ends at the beach. In addition, the planes are dangerous already on approach due to the hilly terrain and the rise in general is almost over their heads with holidaymakers on the beach.
qamdo bamda airport Airport, Tibet.
Tibet is located in the highest mountains of the world - the Himalayas, so it is not surprising that qamdo bamda airport airport - one of the most highly placed in the world, it is located at an altitude of over 4,000 meters. Most interestingly, the runway length - nearly 5 km, ie, it is the longest runway in the world... The low oxygen content at such altitudes can cause discomfort to the newcomers in the area, as well as reduces the performance of aircraft engines, which is why landing here - a real test.
Airport on the island of Saba.
The path to this beautiful Caribbean island can be your nightmare, t. To. The airport is a single runway length of 396 m. Surrounded by high cliffs, this very brief stripe (which, probably, would be an excellent venue for competitions skateboarding) almost terminates in the ocean. It is clear that the big planes simply can not land here, but it is not easy even for maize.