According to the Pilots, takeoff and landings are the most dangerous aspects of a flight. Still some conditions are riskier than others like mountains peak, cliff faces, etc. But it haven’t managed to discourage our Pilots. For travellers, it could be scariest as well as adventurous takeoff and landing to these Airports. Let’s have a look at the top 5 Scariest Airports on Mountains which create problem for Pilots sometimes :
- Ruidoso Airport : It is also known as Sierra Blanca Regional Airport. It is located in village of Ruidoso in Lincoln Country, New Mexico, United States. It covers an area of 1,665 acres, at an elevation of 6,814 feet (2,077 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 6/24 is 8,099 by 100 feet (2,469 * 30 m) and 12/30 is 6,500 by 75 feet (1,981 * 23 m).
- Courchevel Airport : It is a French Airport, located in a ski area in the French Alps Mountains. Its airfield elevation is 6,588 feet (2,008 m). The airport has a very short runway of only 525 m (1,722 ft).There is no go-around procedure for this airport. This airport is considered as dangerous, as it features a difficult approach because it have an unslope runway and an adjacent area to runway that is the location of ski runs. This airport is also appeared in the James Bond movie in Tomorrow Never Dies.
- Paro International Airport : Paro International Airport is located 6 km from Paro in a deep valley on the bank of the river Paro Chhu. It is the only International Airport in Bhutan. It has an elevation of 7,300 ft (2,200 m). It is considered to be the one of the world’s most scariest or challenging airport because of surrounding Himalayas peaks as high as 18,000 ft (5,500 m). The airport has a single asphalt runway with 6,445 ft (1,964 m).
- Jomsom Airport : Jomsom Airport is located in a town in the Mustang District of the Dhawalagiri Zone in Nepal. It has an elevation of 8,800 ft (2,682 m) above mean sea level. It has one asphalt paved runway designated 06/24 which measures 531 by 19 metres (1,742 ft * 62 ft). It is considered as one of the world’s most dangerous airfields and is particular favourite of flight simulator fans. It serves as a gateway to Muktinath Temple, which is a popular pilgrimage for Nepalis and Indians.
- Tenzing Hillary Airport : It is also known as Lukla Airport. It is a small airport in the town of Lukla, eastern Nepal. This is the popular airport because most of the people start climbing Mount Everest Base Camp from Lukla. It has an elevation of 9,383 ft (2,860 m). It has the reputation of one of the most extreme dangerous airports in the world because the single runway is narrow, short and slopped. If the Pilot miss the runway by a few metres (or feet) and the plane would hit the mountain. After the river has crossed their is no turning back, the Pilot have to land. The airport’s paved asphalt runway which is only accessible to helicopters and small, fixed-wing, short takeoff and landing aircraft. The runway is 460 by 20 m (1,509 by 69 ft). The elevation of the airport is 2,800 m (9,200 ft). Aircraft can only use runway 06 for landings and runway 24 for takeoffs. There is no scope of go-around on short final due to terrain. There is high terrain immediately beyond the northern end and a steeply angled drop at the southern end of the runway.