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The most dangerous airports in the world

Nataly De Trujillo
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To know some of the most dangerous airports that exist, it is not necessary to talk about carrying weapons or crime, but a little further.

Being known as one of the most dangerous airports goes beyond the people who circulate through it, and is associated a little more with their facilities.

From having short runways, or being located in a place with unfavorable weather conditions, to registering a high density of air traffic, or being in the middle of buildings, mountains or simply a location with excessive altitude, airports are extremely dangerous.

Toncontin International Airport

This is located in the center of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in Latin America, and is known as the second most extreme airport in the world.

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View of the Toncontin International Airport, located in Honduras, Latin America.

It is known as the most named in Latin America, and since 1934 it receives at least 800 thousand travelers in a year, however, the first time it was used was in 1921, and it was only an extensive field of aerial activities, and it was used with aircraft.

Until its runway was extended in 1933, and in 94 it was officially inaugurated with the landing of a DC-93.

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Toncontin airport

In the case of this airport, the landing and take-off runway is considered to be one of the most difficult for all aircraft, especially if the weather is not in the best conditions, due to its narrowness.

Although this track has been remodeled more than 10 years ago, it is still located between mountains, and it is still small for everything that travels daily, which makes it one of the most dangerous.

Princess Juliana International Airport

In the Caribbean, it is the third airport with the highest number of passengers annually, and it is located on the island of Saint Martin, belonging to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, on the southern Dutch side of the Caribbean island.

It is pointed out as dangerous because the planes that travel here fly approximately 25 meters from the Maho public beach, which makes the inhabitants withstand the enormous gusts of the wind and sand, in addition to the fact that it must be flown with the water to real heights.

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Runway of Princess Juliana International Airport.

Or in the worst case, by being too exposed to the arrival of one of the planes, someone could be sucked into a turbine, or be thrown into the depths of the sea by the great currents of wind that they shoot.

Among some of the largest accidents that have occurred at this airport, the most recent was that of a 57-year-old woman, who died while trying to endure a huge gust of wind that was generated by a Boeing 737, in 2017, while she was enjoying the beach.

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Plane soon to land at Princess Juliana International Airport.

Madeira International Airport

In Portugal, since 2017 it has been known as the "Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport" and has always been known for having one of the most difficult and dangerous runways, worldwide, when making approaches and landings.

In the surroundings of its track, it has cliffs and elevated terrain, which causes a variation in the speed of the currents, which is clearly dangerous, because this generates air currents, which exert certain turns in aircraft.

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Runway of the Madeira International Airport, in Portugal.

The danger of this airport is so famous that not just any pilot can operate in these facilities.

It is known that each pilot who is going to carry out any type of operations at that airport needs a special license, and only pilots who have a certain level of experience in daytime operations can take nighttime operations.

Juancho E Yrausquin Airport

This is the only airport on the Island of Saba, located in the Caribbean, and its danger is centered by having the smallest landing and take-off runway in the world.

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Aerial view of the Juancho E Yrausquin Airport, in La Saba, a Caribbean island.

With only 396 meters in length, high hills on one side and cliffs to the open sea around it, this is considered one of the most dangerous airports in the world.

The few meters with which this runway is built, are not favorable at all, since when landing or taking off an airplane, it could overshoot the runway, or very well end up in the sea.

But even though it has that reputation, no accidents have occurred to date.

Paro International Airport

This particular airport, located in the city of Paro, in Timbú, is considered one of the most complicated due to the severe mountain peaks that surround it.

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View of the Paro International Airport.

Approximately 5,486 meters high are those that cover the mountains that surround it, and in addition to this, although the runway is 2,000 meters, they only allow daytime flights.

One of the most interesting aspects of this is that because of how dangerous its runway is, only 17 pilots are currently authorized to fly in the city.

Tenzing Hillary Airport

It is a small airport located in Nepal, in the town of Lukla, and its landing and take-off runway is 450 meters long.

Being surrounded by mountains, the presence of a cliff at the beginning of the runway or having a wall at the end of the runway, among other factors, make landing dangerous.

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To date, 10 accidents have occurred at this airport, one of the most serious that was recorded was in 2008, when a plane crashed while it was landing, and when it did so it caught fire.

In the accident, only the plane captain survived, and all the passengers and crew were killed on the spot.

The first of these was recorded in 1973, and the last occurred in 2013, but only the one that occurred in 2008 was the one that had deaths.

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These alone have been some airports classified as dangerous, however, the achievement here is taken by the pilots, who must have nerves of steel, and undoubtedly know how to maneuver.

The danger can not only be expressed in weapons or crime, but also in structures, spaces and other factors.