December 17, 1903 marks the date when the first airplane was created by the Wright Brothers. It was just an experiment, but they were able to succeed in flying it naturally at a certain speed without experiencing or causing damage on the airplane. The first attempt took place because of the aim to fly like a bird and they believed that men could possibly take flight. Who would have thought that in 1914, the first airline that launched at St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat line, where it started offering wooden seats for their first two passengers that time? Since 1994, there were series of developments made for the convenience and comfortable of people. Nonetheless, despite of the progress that we are experiencing, there are still airlines in the world that scares passengers. Find out the reasons why this list is named the top 10 most dangerous airports in the world, and know why they are placed on this list.
10. Catalina Airport
It is situated in the district of Avalon in California, in the middle of Catalina Island. It serves both the public and private, even the landing of general aviation in this private airport. Its elevation is 488m, which explains why it’s called as an “Airport in the Sky” because of its 1602 feet above-sea-level elevation. Its runway is surrounded by cliffs, which are found at its highest and focal point. Pilots are having difficulty seeing the ends of the landing point because of the airstrip that’s being raised in the middle part. It becomes even more dangerous during rainy seasons where terrain becomes stiffer, unusual visual reference, and turbulence.
9. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport
It can be seen in the Caribbean Island of Saba in Netherland Antilles, but landing on this airport is kind of distressing despite that there is a long runway that measures 1300 feet. Pilots are having a hard time landing here because of the cliffs that surround the place. It becomes complex too because the runway has a steep slope leading to the ocean. Any wrong move or calculation from the pilots may result to fatal crashes since the landing area measures a 400-meter strip.
8. Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla, Nepal
Its original name is Lukla Airport, which is exactly found on the foot of the Himalayan Mountains at a 9,100-feet high plateau. It becomes the channel for climbers who want to go to Mount Everest. It is one of the most dangerous airports because of its 2000-foot cliff edge, uncontrollable winds, high elevation, and its enveloping clouds.
7. Gibraltar Airport
It is 15 feet above sea level and has good weather conditions, where one may think that there is no threat to pilots or to passengers. It poses dangers because there is a main road at the end of the runway, which also serves as foot traffic for commuters and public transportation.
6. Svalbard Airport
It is located in Svalbard, Norway in the Arctic Ocean, where you could also find two other airports that are being used to transport miners. This one focuses on commercial travel that has served international tourists coming from different parts of the world. It is dangerous because it was built on the thick level of permanent ice. However, people believe that because of global warming, there were series of irregularities that might lead to distortions that could pose a threat to life.
5. Courchevel International Airport in France
It is also known for its nail-biting landings because it ranked number 2 among the shortest runways in the world. Imagine that its runway only measures 525 meters along with its 18.5% gradient that also distracts regular landings. It is no wonder why pilots navigate the Alp Mountain before making the final landing that gives goosebumps to the passengers, most especially to pilots.
4. Madeira International Airport
It is situated in Madeira, Portugal that serves international and domestic flights. Even before it underwent extension in the year 2000, there were reported fatal crashes despite that its original runway size was about 5000 feet long.
3. Barra Airport
It is the first and only beach airport built on earth, which makes it dangerous. In fact, you could see how airplanes hit the sand on the island of Barra, although it has three runways. All of these are unsafe whenever there are high tides, which always results to adjustment on flight schedules.
2. Ice Runway in Antarctica
It is found situated in the Island of Ross Island in Antarctica. You could not find a paved runway here because of the snow and ice being groomed in order to be landed on. It is unsafe because pilots need to make sure that it won’t bust to the ice, which might stuck the plane to the snow. The operation only stops whenever ice begins to melt, and all planes are being directed to Williams Field or Pegasus Field.
1. Princess Juliana International Airport
It is located at Simpson Bay in Saint Maarten, which is an obvious reason why it is dangerous since there are frequent goers and tourists flocking within the proximity of the beach. This is the reason why there are reminders to the beach goers that whoever would want to witness the landing and taking off of the planes from the airport should always stay away from its proximity because it has caused some death cases due to jet blasts.