9 airstrips that make many people afraid of flying
As safe as flights are, traveling by plane still scares a lot of people. But, contrary to what the phobia makes us believe, the chances of an air crash occurring are far greater on the airport grounds, either when the plane is landing, taking off, or simply taxiing.
So how about starting to look at fear by taking a look at the horrifying runways on the list below? After all, after looking at these scary airports, you are likely to feel safer with the conditions of your next flight and even enjoy the crew-served snack.
1. Track that is beach and vice versa
Barra Airport, Scotland, is one of the only airports in the world whose runway is a beach, as shown in the image that opens this article. Because of this, tourists should be careful not to disrupt air activities. In addition, flights are scheduled according to the tide, since at certain times the airstrip ends up submerged.
2. Airport amid the river delta and rocks
Copalis Beach Airport Image Source: Reproduction / Alex Derr
Copalis Beach State Airport is the only airport in the United States to be located on a beach. Not only is the runway available only during low tide, it is also between a river delta and a rock barrier, requiring the pilot to be very skilled.
3. Cold Mountain Landing
Courchevel Airport and its scary runway Image Source: Reproduction / Wikipedia
France's Courchevel Airport is undoubtedly one of the most horrifying in the world. The main reason is that the track is only 525 meters long and has a slope of 18.5 degrees. Therefore, only small aircraft can land and take off at this airport.
4. Track near cliff
Would you dare to land on the Matekane Air Strip? Image source: Reproduction / Wikipedia
In Lesotho, Africa, Matekane Air Strip Airport is famous for having one of the scariest runways in the world. At only 400 meters long, the track ends at a depth of 600 meters.
The Matekane Air Strip is commonly used by NGOs and doctors who need to serve people living in remote villages in that area.
5. Toncontín Airport, Honduras
At Toncontín Airport, the brave pilot must make a 45-degree left turn minutes before thinking of landing on the runway, which is in a deeper valley, resembling the shape of a basin. The biggest plane supported by this airport is the Boeing 757 and you can check how it is landing at this airport by watching the video above.
6. An airplane crossing traffic
In Gibraltar, the runway crosses a very busy avenue. Image Source: Reproduction / Hoax-Slayer
Taking off or landing on a common runway is no longer easy. Now imagine a lane that crosses an avenue and stops traffic momentarily. This is what happens at Gibraltar International Airport. Simply incredible.
7. Mountain in Nepal
A TV show about the world's most dangerous airports, aired in 2010 by History Channel, has named Nepal's Tenzing-Hillary airport the world's most dangerous airport. Famous for being the starting point for many adventurers willing to explore Everest, this airport has a runway of only 527 meters long, 20 meters wide and is 2, 700 meters above sea level.
Landing in Lukla, Nepal takes a lot of courage Image source: Reproduction / Wikipedia
Add to that an elevation of elevation on the runway and a 900 meter high mountain at one of its headlands, plus the fact that weather conditions are often very unfavorable to air activities.
8. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba
In Saba, chasms at both ends of the runway Image Source: Playback / WikipediaOn the image above, you have been able to identify all the runway problems at this airport, right? But if your eyes don't believe what they see, we are here to describe it: Located on the Caribbean island of Saba, this trail is only 400 meters away, with ocean and rocky cliffs at both ends. Will you face it?
9. Congonhas, Sao Paulo
Congonhas scares for proximity to urban area Image Source: Reproduction / Wikipedia
It may be that, because we're used to it, we don't realize how weird Congonhas Airport is, but you know that it is on the world's scariest airport lists. The main reason is the proximity to the urban area, being within walking distance of one of the busiest avenues in the city.