5 Scariest Runways in the World

I am one to think that we should not be afraid of airplanes ; at least not more than other means of transport or even anything in general. They say it is easier to die from a donkey or you drop a pot walking down the street by a plane.

That, under normal conditions, of course. And by normal I mean approved aircraft and runways normal landing … and not as the runways of which I want to speak as follows: scariest tracks landing on the planet Earth ; all in operation and needed to transport passengers around the world to their destinations.

 1. Barra Airport, Scotland

Barra airport

The Barra Airport , located on the island of Barra, located in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, stands out as the only airport in the world where its operations are performed on the surface of a beach . This beach has three runways that, at times, can be covered by the tide . So flight times are directly dependent on this factor.

2. Courchevel Airport, France

Courchevel, France

Undoubtedly, one of the most dangerous airports in the world . In full French Alps, at the top of Courchevel 1850, we found this track, with the peculiarity of its length: it is very short, barely 525 meters . As if that were not enough, his short path leads to occasional uneven terrain .As they say the drivers of this clue: ” There is only one chance to land . If you do not succeed at first, you do not have a second “.

3. McMurdo Base, Antarctica

McMurdo Base, Antarctica

Only one chilling fact: the sea ice operates as a runway . McMurdo base, situated on the side of Ross Island, Antarctica , is one of the logistics centers of the continent par excellence and the largest US scientific base at the South Pole. Each year, thousands of scientists have to access this area for their research and the area is equipped with three runways. They represent some of the most extreme airports in the world, since, in most cases, have to land on skis or giant slippers . Usually in December ice begins to weaken and during this time, these tracks are no longer operational.

4. Saba, Netherlands Antilles

Saba, Netherlands Antilles

Surrounded by cliffs . We could describe the Juancho E. Yrausquin airport on the island of Saba in the Netherlands Antilles. It is a strip of land about 400 meters long that, despite us arriving at a small Caribbean island with lots of charm, when land can be turned into a nightmare. At both ends has cliffs that go straight sea ​​and that their conditions can cause updrafts and downdrafts.

5. The Matekane airport, South Africa


Call it airstrip rather than the airport . You need only look at the picture to see that, indeed, this runway is one of the most extreme and fearful world. Not suitable for all riders and, of course, not suitable for all audiences.

Lesotho, or Kingdom of Lesotho, is a town that is geographically and politically nestled within South Africa. It is surrounded by high mountains, so the flat spaces are scarce in this area. The airstrip is Matekane a height of 2280 meters and is less than 400 meters long . After those 400 meters there is literally nothing. The track ends on a cliff and the drivers have to allow the plane to drop a few meters to reach the necessary speed to fly. Actually, anyone who dares to take off from Lesotho is prepared to fly from any airport in the world.

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