Dangerous Runways of the World!

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ColinP

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I see Hamilton Island got a guernsey. (second last photo).
 

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it's missing 'the' most dangerous one in the world tho.....the aircraft carrier!
 

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I can see it coming soon....

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this has been doing the rounds as ppt presentation. some hairy controlled crashes there.
 

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My personal favorite on that list is the runway at Lukla, Nepal.

You haven't lived until you've flown in or out of there on a cloudy day!

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Amazing! I hope that I never have to fly in to/out of one of those airports.
 
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I don't see what is so "dangerous" about many of those. Sure they may not be very long and may not have much in the way of run-off areas, but I think families of the passengers on the TAM flight that crashed a few weeks ago would think differently about potential benefits of a runway run-off into water rather than into a warehouse.

Most of the ones pictured are quite spectacular. And while short/narrow or needing a steep decent angle, do not really rate as dangerous in my book when you consider the types of aircraft that operate into them.

Now the runway that has proven itself as the most dangerous is at Tenerife.
 

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Try landing at YRTI (Rottnest Island) when there is a 15+ knot crosswind.

I've flown there once during my PPL training so far.
 

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JohnK said:
Amazing! I hope that I never have to fly in to/out of one of those airports.
It's ok JohnK, so long as you steer clear of Jetstar you won't be landing at any of them anyway. ;)
 

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NM said:
I don't see what is so "dangerous" about many of those. Sure they may not be very long and may not have much in the way of run-off areas, but I think families of the passengers on the TAM flight that crashed a few weeks ago would think differently about potential benefits of a runway run-off into water rather than into a warehouse.

Most of the ones pictured are quite spectacular. And while short/narrow or needing a steep decent angle, do not really rate as dangerous in my book when you consider the types of aircraft that operate into them.

I had wondered about why some of them were designated 'dangerous'.

(although Lukla in Nepal would satisy my definition!)
 
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I'll happily fly my Cessna into any of them

For goodness sake, they are (in the most part) paved...
 

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stryker said:
I'll happily fly my Cessna into any of them

For goodness sake, they are (in the most part) paved...

If it's okay with you stryker I might pass on the opportunity to sit in the co-pilots seat next to you on flying into Lukla.

What anyone who hasn't flown in and out of there won't realize and what the picture fails to show is the sheer drop at the end of the runway, and just how short the runway is, hence why it slopes upwards to stop the incoming aircraft so quickly.

I love flying, its in my blood, but its the only flight i've ever taken where i've said a prayer before takeoff!

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Travel Guru said:
What anyone who hasn't flown in and out of there won't realize and what the picture fails to show is the sheer drop at the end of the runway, and just how short the runway is, hence why it slopes upwards to stop the incoming aircraft so quickly.
Sounds like a place to arrive with Straitman. He doesn't need much runway length :cool: .
 

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Travel Guru said:
I love flying, its in my blood, but its the only flight i've ever taken where i've said a prayer before takeoff!
How about a prayer for a successful landing. ;)
 

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Travel Guru said:
What anyone who hasn't flown in and out of there won't realize and what the picture fails to show is the sheer drop at the end of the runway, and just how short the runway is, hence why it slopes upwards to stop the incoming aircraft so quickly.

You can get an idea from Google Maps

Google Maps
 

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Is anyone able to do a full (or partial) listing of the airports shown?

Other than the ones mentioned, I only recognise the first, Santos Dumont (SDU) in Rio, awesome to fly into - and reputedly the shortest runway to accomodate Airbus or Boeing craft, although I'm sure someone on this site will be able to contradict me...
 
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Going off the top of my head (have seen pictures of the following airports many times):

Photo #/Airport:

2. St Maarten, Netherland Antilles
4. Funchal, Portugal
5. Funchal, Portugal
10. St. Barthelemy, Guadeloupe
11. St. Barthelemy, Guadeloupe
13. Burnsville, United States
14. Majuro, Marshall Islands
15. Lord Howe Island, Australia
16. Exuma, Bahamas
23. Hamilton Island, Australia

Anyone able to fill in the blanks?

Rgds
 

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12.Lukla, Nepal
18 Courcheval Airport, France
 
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