Posted by: hunterwaters | July 21, 2010

Turbulence hits flight in mid-air; but landing at these airports is unnerving

You may have heard of the United Airlines flight from Washington, D.C., that hit severe turbulence on its way to Los Angeles.  21 people were injured, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Denver.

This latest airline incident coincides with the 10th anniversary of Air France’s Concorde crash in Paris, which marked the “beginning of the end of this aircraft’s career.”

Rather than focus on the safety of airlines, how about the top 5 WORST airports for pilots to take off and land from.

5. Washington Reagan National (DCA) – Although the approach from the south is straightforward, landing from the north involves straddling the Potomac river, while avoiding the White House, the Pentagon, and the 14th Street bridge that Air Florida #90 crashed in to in 1982.

4. Madeira Airport, Funchal (FNC) This island way off the coast of Portugal looks like you’re landing on a very short bridge, with a mountain on one side and the ocean on the other.

3. Paro Airport, Bhutan (PBH) – You cannot avoid it if you’re traveling to Bhutan as it is the country’s only paved airport.  Just hope you like to bank left and right while avoiding the mountains surrounding.  Apparently there are only “eight pilots in the world” who are certified to land here.

2. Tegucigalpa Toncontin Airport, Honduras (TGU) – “The airport is situated in a valley surrounded by hills, meaning pilots have to execute some hair-raising turns just to line up for a difficult landing.” Check out this video at Jaunted to see for yourself.

1. Saint Martin (St Maarten) (SXM) – Just look at the video below, and you’ll understand why this airport is the worst airport in the word to land.  At least once you disembark, you’re at the beach.


  1. Okay, those are scary! Here’s another one you might want to add to the list: Toncontín International Airport in Honduras.

  2. Whoops, you already had that one. (The video you linked to at Jaunted isn’t available, so I didn’t realize it was the same place.)

  3. ahhhhhh very good, bookmarked 🙂 keep it up, JusyKassy.

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