Cba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 86810 times:
I've heard that Juarez Intl. in Mexico City is a tough landing because of nearby mountains. DCA is also a tricky approach because the plane has to avoid government airspace, which required many steep and sharp banks. LGA is a disaster waiting to happen.
Luxair From Netherlands, joined Jan 2001, 857 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 86788 times:
I follow with Athens, some time ago I saw a
report over this airport and pilots where reporting that there was a lot of rubber from the
tires on the runway and when it was raining they said that after the touchdown it was something like skating on ice!!! Oh yeah another one was Punta cana on the Repulica Dominicana. Pilots from
a German charter carrier told that the runway was in a very bad condition!!!
Red Panda From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2000, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 86759 times:
I would say AREA 51. Pilots would get shot down if they tried landing there. Would it be dangerous enough?! =)
For real, Former HKG(KAITAK) was very hard to land. the current HKG (CLK) is hard to land too according to CXflyboy. The crosswind coming from the south can create windshear and turn planes around. (a bit exaggerated).
Tripleseven From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 86740 times:
SAN's got to be in the top 5, maybe the top 3. There's that lovely Laurel travel center sitting at the end of 27. Add to that a short runway, and you've got yourself a tricky landing. Especially in high winds or rain.
The FAA calls the building "an obstruction", but does not call it a safety hazard.
I guess they won't until someone tries to park a 737 on the upper parking garage.
Ganymed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 86726 times:
Kai Tak's gone.....
Funchal has had it's runway lenghthened ......
Je ne sais pas!
From personal experience I would vote for:
1.Buenos Aires-Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
(still wondering how the Lapa-crew did to get a fully-loaded 757-200 off that little ***t of a runway)
(Dito with Tarom Il-62's,Tu 154's,B707's)
Mit From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 86663 times:
There's an airport at the end of some fjord in Alaska. The terrain around the airport rises so steeply that the approach plate (in characteristic aviaion understatement) says "successful missed approach unlikely."
AS737900 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 86594 times:
There's a lot of small airports in Alaska that are dangerous due to mountains, high winds, etc. But the most dangerous (well, difficult) with regular jet service would have to be Juneau since it is an LDA approach to runway 8 and you have to bank 20 degrees to the right right before touchdown, to an airport sitting pretty much at the bottom of a fjord. But there is now a GPS approach that has made things a bit better.
Also Dutch Harbor/Unalaska with it's NDB approach and frequent high winds and 3,900 foot runway. I've heard about landings on a 737 with 40 kt. X-wind there...
Bluemeatball From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 86543 times:
I would like to suggest two. First, unless things have changed in recent years, Harry S Truman Airport in St. Thomas, VI had one end of a short runway at the ocean and the other end faced a mountain. Secondly, Kanawah (Yeager) Airport, Charleston , WV whose airport is the top of a mountain and the runway runs from cliff to cliff.
Viflyer From US Virgin Islands, joined May 1999, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 86507 times:
St. THomas has gotten better...the hill on the far end of the runway was lowered and the runway was extened to 7,000ft. and offically the airport isn't called Harry S. Truman anymore, it's now Cyril E. King........and for my vote...Beef Island, BVI......that and St. Barts..
VirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 86477 times:
LGA with Flushing Bay on the other end of a short runway. I've talked to pilots who work with US Airways and DL and CO . Even NYC Mayor Rudolph Guliani said that LGA's runways are too short. Pilots have also complained about John Wayne in Orange County the plane has to be taken in a certain angle so that thewre is no noise so that the rich snobs below don't yap about their golf game being interupted by a loud AA 757. Pilots have complained about DCA because of the restricted airspace to avoid during landing and takeoff which takes your attention from flying the plane.
TWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3135 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 86480 times:
I read in some magazine that now with Kai-Tak gone, Lugano,Switzerland is now the most dangerous airport. You have to make a full turn around to land, because the one end of the airport is right near a hill you you have to drop 100 feet to land there, or the other end where there is a huge mountain, and you have to come in at about 45 degrees down, which is just suicide pretty much, so you come in over the other end, turn around over the city and land. There is no way to land at the airport without passign over it. Also- London City has a killed glideslope at the end, because of the noise restrictions.
life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
Csavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1384 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 86467 times:
Cuzco Peru has got to be pretty dangerous. 13,000 feet up so planes taking off suffer a performance hit. It is in a steep valley on all sides, you think you are about to land and then you see the ground fall away from you, the planes actually circle like a corkscrew into the valley.
When I took Faucett into Cuzco, they only flew in the morning (gets too windy later in the day) and only on half empty planes.
An amazing place.
I may be ugly. I may be an American. But don't call me an ugly American.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8076 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 86447 times:
I think there are going to be changes at both SAN and SNA, because both airports are literally accidents waiting to happen.
The takeoff method at SNA is very dangerous, because what happens during the steep climb if you start to experience engine problems? By the time the pilots can regain control it may be too late before the plane hits the ground.
As for SAN, that building has GOT TO GO. Do we really need to have a plane approaching the airport hit the building with a major loss of life before something is done about it?
Cba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 86434 times:
They need to get rid of the noise abatement at SNA. Taking off out of that place is scary, even for experiences flyers. Last time I flew out of there, I was sitting next to a businessman who flies out of SNA all the time, and he says it scary every time.
Toxtethogrady From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1514 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 86427 times:
Lindbergh sits in a bowl on one edge of downtown and has a garage just off the RPZ. Park your car there if you dare! And that doesn't even count the Navy jets buzzing nearby...
National has noise constraints on one side and the White House and Congress on the other, so you fly down the middle of the river, hook a right at the USA Today Building and drop right in to a runway that's only 7000 feet long. If you take off in the early morning hours, you have to cut power almost as soon as you're airborne (can't wake up the millionaires in Georgetown or Old Town Alexandria!). DCA handles 250,000 ops a year on what is effectively a one-runway airport
BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 86415 times:
London Gatwick (LGW) is pretty hard to land in. For one thing, there are a few somewhat high buildings in-front of the runway, which makes landing quite tricky. Also Gatwick is EXTREMELY congested, so thats another thing that makes it tricky. I was in a British Airways 747-400, landing in Gatwick, and it took quite sometime to touchdown on the runway. Also, when the plane finally came to taxiing speed, we were at the end of the runway.
San Diego is quite dangerous also.
Las Vegas McCarran (LAS) also a bit dangerous because its so close to the strip.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
25 US A333 PIT
: Kahului Maui(OGG) I've heard is a difficult runway to land on, especially the bigger jets (dc-10's, L1011, 764's, 777's all of which have daily flight
26 SIA fan
: Pardon my ignorance, but what airport is SNA?
: I think that one of the major factors that will finally knock some sense into San Diego and get it to start construction on a new airport may be an ac
: SIAfan- SNA=Santa Ana/Orange County, California.
: Aaron G., I think it is a testament to pilot training that we haven't HAD a serious landing or takeoff accident at SAN since the 1978 mid-air collisio
: Nepal has to be the dangerous airport due to its surrounding. PS. within 1 week of Thai A310 crash, a PIA A300 also crashed near the airport.
: Most dangerous airports are definately in Africa. You might be shoot down on approach in a few civil war countries. On technical point of view, Lugano
: Palermo in Sicily, Italy is one of the most dangerous airport. You have to approach it from the sea and at the end of the approach you have a mountain
: I would suggest the airport in Merida, a small city located in the middle of the Venezuelan Andes. The runway is short; at the botom, there is a gas s
: i went to JFK in '99 and while we were on approach we were flying around water and god knows what and when you land on a runway that's on the edge on
: What about Courchevel, France (LFLJ)? You can see some pictures from there at http://www.members.aon.at/~slenz/dash7.html Regards, Jernej