Quiz #8: The Most Difficult Airports to Land
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I hope you are brave enough to go through this quiz because it’s a very frightening one! The different questions describe the most dangerous airports in the world. So if you are afraid of flying, go away!
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This is one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean. The air strip is about 2,300 metres (7,152 feet) long and was first built for small airplanes, but today 747 and A340 land every day in this airport. The runway is located near the beach. To land there pilots have to fly over the beach, then over the road and they finally arrive on the runway.
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This airport has the shortest commercial airport runway: 396 metres (1,300 feet). Moreover it is surrounded by cliffs and on the other side there is a slight slope that leads directly to the ocean. It is located not far from Sint Maarten.
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This is a dangerous airport mainly because of the bad weather conditions. The runway is not paved. The length of the runway is not limited. The weight of the aircrafts must be carefully checked to avoid it cracking the ice on the runway or getting stuck in the snow.
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This airport opened in 1934. At this time aircrafts were less powerful and did not need so lengthy runway. The runway is only 2,021 metres (6,631 feet) long. Boeing 757s are the largest aircraft that land there. It is located in a valley 1,004 metres (3,294 feet) above sea level surrounded by mountains. To line up with the runway, pilots must make a last-second 45-degree turn.
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This airport sits at an altitude of 6,588 feet and has a very short runway of only 537 metres (1,762 ft) with a gradient of 18.6%. The airfield is surrounded by mountains. There is no go-around procedure, so pilots mustn’t miss their approach. It appeared in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.
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This airport is mainly visited by climbers and trekkers. The runway is 460 metres (1,500 feet) long and is only accessible to helicopters and small airplanes. One end of the runway is preceded by high terrain and the other one by a two-thousand-foot drop. Dangers at this airport include high winds and extreme cloud cover.
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This airport is located on an island. The runway is only 650 metres (2,133 feet) long. The runway begins at the base of a hilltop traffic circle, so the arrival descent is very steep. At the end of the runway lies the beach. Sunbathers are advised not to stay too close to the runway. While lying on the beach they can see planes flying right over their heads.
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This airport is the closest to the city it serves. It’s only 500 metres from the city centre! The main road of the city intersects the runway and is thus closed every time a plane lands or takes off. The airstrip leads directly to the sea. The particular relief of this place causes unusual wind patterns and turbulence.
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Surrounded by high mountains and the ocean this airport was infamous for its short runway. It was then enlarged in 2000 with an impressive structure over the Atlantic. The approach is still tricky as pilots must first aim the aircraft directly at a looming mountain peak, and then quickly bank to the right in order to avoid crashing into the mountain and line up with the runway.
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This is the only one airport in the world where scheduled planes land on a beach. The three runways are marked by wooden poles. At high tide the runways are under the sea. The flights are thus scheduled according the tides. The beach is also used by locals so they are advised to check the windsock to see if the airport is in operation.