Friday, Dec. 11, 2015SearchArchiveEnglishChineseJapaneseFrenchSpanishRussianArabicKoreaGermanPortugueseHomeOpinionsBusinessMilitaryWorldSocietyCultureTravelScienceSportsSpecial CoveragePhotoVideoEnglishAre these the world’s scariest landing strips? The airport approaches so terrifying even pilots will think twiceBy QIN XIE (Mail Online)    14:05, December 11, 2015Email|Printvar jiathis_config={title:”Are these the world’s scariest landing strips? The airport approaches so terrifying even pilots will think twice”,summary:” ”,}Some of the shortest landing strips in the world are located in tropical paradises like North Pacific and the MaldivesMountains can be particularly hazardous as it makes positioning the plane harder and is subject to strong windsExperienced pilots sometimes need extra training to land planes at airports such as Funchal in Madeira, PortugalHeading to a remote paradise seems like a dream holiday but you might change your mind after seeing the airports at some of the world’s most idyllic locations.On small islands and coastal areas, the runway can feel like its flowing straight into the sea – especially when there just isnt enough land to build a long runway. But even inland, the landing strip can prove to be hazardous if the approach is built precariously close to populated areas, mountain sides and even cliff faces.Geology aside, some airports are built precariously close to populated areas while others have runways that are cut off by obstacles such as train lines. A few airports have notoriously difficult approached but when the pilots start complaining about these landing strips, you know you should really be worried.Here is a round up of some of the scariest (and most exhilarating) landing strips across the world.Planes were grounded at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, after flooding in the country in 2011 but on sunny days, the pilots have to contend with a golf course right next to the tarmac
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