Nepal plane crash | Five most risk prone airports in the world
The tragic plane crash on Sunday morning brought the horrific sight of danger surrounding over-flying. This is not the first crash of such gravity in Nepal, but the country has experienced a handful of crashes causing scores of deaths.
While the Sunday crash has highlighted the gravity of flying in Nepal, let’s look at a few fear-inducing airports around the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport, Portugal:
Commonly known as Madeira Airport or Funchal Airport, is an international airport in the civil parish of Santa Cruz in the Portuguese archipelago and autonomous region of Madeira.
The airport is located nearly 400 km (250 miles) north of the Canaries and 520 KM (320 miles) west of Morocco – making it prone to several climate systems.
Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten:
The airport runway, just over 7,500 feet in length, serves for a very low aircraft passing over the water at the end of the runway on arrival. The videos of planes landing at the Caribbean airport is all over social media. In 2017, a woman was killed by a jet engine blast as she was hanging on the airport fence with other swimsuit-clad tourists.
The 23rd highest airport in the world is located at 10,682 feet above sea level. Surrounded by mountains, with a short runway, it is beset by strong winds in the afternoon due to which flights are bound to mornings only. Notably, widebody and heavy planes are not allowed and all pilots landing here require special training.
London City, UK:
Flying over a capital city to land is a weird feeling, but landing into London City flyers swoop around the City of London’s skyscrapers, bank around Canary Wharf and land at such a steep angle. Taking off the flight is equally dangerous.
Short runway, shear wind and mountains. Lukla is surrounded by all. The gateway of Everest, the airport is widely regarded as the world’s most dangerous airport. Situated at 1,29 feet, straight into an abyss at the end, forcing planes to slow down and even sometimes slanted upwards. If a plane is on final descent, it needs to land. Still, the mountain views are incredible on the way down.
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