WATCH: Top 10 most dangerous airport runways in the world

2018-08-20 21:00
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Flying - even on a smooth flight - can be quite a horrifying experience for some people.

And while flying may be stressful for many, there are scary airport taxiways that will send shivers down the spines of people outside the aircraft too.

Here are 10 of the most dangerous in the world: 

10. Gisborne Airport, New Zealand

This airport has two modes of transportation running through it, at all times. A railway track runs right through the middle of the runway. Hopefully, the scheduling is precise. 

9. Narsarsuaq Airport, Greenland

The length and approach of this runway make it one of the most difficult in the world to land on. Pilots have to fly over mountains and through windy inlets to reach it. More specifically, pilots have to fly up a fjord and make a U-turn on the approach which generates massive turbulence. Taking off and landing at night is strictly forbidden. 

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8. Kansai International Airport, Japan

This airport sits on its own man-made island. It gets regular earthquakes, typhoons and storm surges. 

7. Gustaf III Airport, Saint-Barthélemy

This airport is exclusive to the rich and famous. Due to its tiny size, only private planes of 20 people can land here. 

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6. Barra International Airport, Scotland

With no room for a traditional tarmac runway, this airport has three runways located on a beach. During high tide, runways are sometimes underwater. It is the only airport in the world where scheduled flights use a beach and is only operational when the tide is out.  

5. Wellington Airport, New Zealand

This runway, in the capital of New Zealand, only allows small planes to land. It's known for its gusty winds, leading to turbulent landings. This airport's location is known to create high crosswinds, which often sees planes sway as they come in to make a landing.

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4. Juancho E Yrausquin Airport, Dutch Caribbean island of Saba 

This airport has the smallest commercial runway in the world. It's only 400 metres long. It has been described by pilots as akin to landing on an aircraft carrier. Aircraft must fly towards the cliff it sits upon before making a sharp left just before touchdown. Try not to fall off. 

3. Princess Juliana International Airport, St Maarten

Remember to duck when visiting this airport - as it has extremely low altitude landings. Some tourists come here just to experience what its like to have a plane fly directly over their head. The approach to the runway is directly over water which can be tricky for pilots. They must work hard to maintain the right altitude right up until the moment they reach the runway. Takeoffs are also tricky with nearby steep mountains forcing planes to take off and make a sharp u-turn. 

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2. Courchevel Altiport, France

The airport services a ski resort in the Alps.  This tiny 500-metre runway is surrounded by mountains. If that's not difficult enough, pilots can be met with fog, snow and other hazardous weather. It also has an 18,6% gradient on the runway to help planes stop quicker.  

1. Tenzing-Hilary Airport, Nepal

Potential Mount Everest climbers land here when starting their journey. The short 1500 foot (457.2 metres) runway is carved into the hillside. When leaving, remember to take off quickly, as the end of the runway has a steep, 9000-foot drop (2743.2 metres).

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