UtilianPilot07
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Most Dangerous Airport

Thu Jul 01, 2004 3:47 am

Hello
Do any of you know which airport in Central America is the most dangerous?

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September11
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Thu Jul 01, 2004 3:52 am

I remember 5 most dangerous US airports:

LAX
DCA
SAN
EWR
LGA

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DBCooper
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Thu Jul 01, 2004 3:52 am

In my opinion: TGU - Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Latin America is full of challenging airports due to runway length, elevation and/or obstacles.


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jtamu97
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Thu Jul 01, 2004 3:57 am

Just judging by your title I would assume that you have either been to Utila or know someone who has. The old airstrip at Utila seemed fairly dangerous to me. The landings had to be made very precise or you may end up in the water at the other end. Likewise on takeoff, not enough power, then into the water again. Granted the water there is shallow but would not be fun. The new airport with the steep approach over the trees is not much better but at least it is paved to allow better control. As far as most dangerous I am not too sure, but Utila is on my list as one.
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henpol747
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Thu Jul 01, 2004 8:28 am

I see this one´s going directly to aviation polls and prefs!!

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Blackbird1331
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Thu Jul 01, 2004 8:53 am

Every airport is dangerous. Some are more difficult than others.


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AA777DFW
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:19 pm

Yes,i would say the airport in honduras or La Aurora Intl. in Guatemala where a Taca 767 ran off the runway when it was coming in too fast right after a tropical storm passed by. It happened in the mid 90's and one passenger in the aircraft happened to have a camera at the time of the incident and filmed the disaster. Luckily there were no casualties.
 
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Thu Jul 01, 2004 1:24 pm

reno and san diego are not for the faint of heart.
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cayman
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Thu Jul 01, 2004 2:03 pm

Merida, Venezuela is quite something. It lies in a valley between high Andes peaks, is a short strip on a mesa, a signifcant downhill slope on landing, and most difficult, lies right in the hear of the city.

Although, i do not believe there have been seriosu accidents there. Up until several years ago I was amazed but Avensa flew 727s in there. The runway and setup do not look capable of handling it, obviously it could. That has all changed and all movements are STOL ATRs and Dash's.
 
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Thu Jul 01, 2004 2:06 pm

Referred as Central America, Toncontin (TGU) is the most dangerous indeed. And in the U.S., Ronald Reagan in Washington D.C..
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Thu Jul 01, 2004 6:54 pm

Look up SESM, here's a sample image: http://www.dangerous-airports.com/airports/s/sesm.h1.jpg

Quite something, isn't it?
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FURUREFA
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Thu Jul 01, 2004 8:52 pm

In the U.S. isn't Aspen, CO hard to and in because you hsve a ski mountain (buttermilk) on one side of the runway and a hill on the other side.

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polnebmit
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Thu Jul 01, 2004 8:57 pm

AA777DFW is correct. The Honduras and the GUA airports are one of the most challenging. GUA one and only runway is about the length of the LGA rwys and yet is built in middle of the cities with tall building on one side of the airport.
 
northseatiger
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Thu Jul 01, 2004 10:01 pm

I know it's not in the US but try Silverstone airfield on Grand Prix day (in centre of track), it has been cited as "The most dangerous place on earth" let alone most dangerous airport.
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elcapi1980
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Thu Jul 01, 2004 10:33 pm

Rionegro in Colombia is also a challenge .....mountains all around...you can't make a mistake or you 're done....
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Thu Jul 01, 2004 10:34 pm

There are many smaller airports that could easily be the "most dangerous" airport so it might be better if we narrowed the category to most dangerous airport with regular scheduled services from a 737/A318 upwards. In Europe I think the award must go to Funchal/Madeira – take a look at the runaway



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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Fri Jul 02, 2004 2:36 am

I would think Katmandu would be difficult to land at. I have not been able to
do it on FS2002 or 2004.

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pizzaandplanes
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Fri Jul 02, 2004 2:46 am

I saw some airport in Albania that you baiscly make a nose dive to lad in a big pit. I eill try to get the name.
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dl021
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Fri Jul 02, 2004 3:06 am

St. Barths has its own challenges, you have to climb just prior to landing at an 18degree down slope. Also, that picture of Tegu was in 87 and that place was dangerous for multiple reasons then.

pizza Hey junior, in Albania you have Tirana which has an interesting airport..during the Kosovo crisis we were landing C-17's in mud near there. Ian

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Fokker50
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Fri Jul 02, 2004 3:13 am

I think that in Colombia, the most dangerous airport is BGA, this airport is localized in a mountain.

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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Fri Jul 02, 2004 5:43 am

Do any of you remember KAI TAK in HONGKONG?
 
7e72004
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Fri Jul 02, 2004 6:03 am

How would MDW rank? COnsidering it is bordered on all sides by the city there is not much room for error!  Big grin
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cptGirmayTesfa
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Fri Jul 02, 2004 9:27 am

You´d better not look at the images of the MS Flight Simulator; some times they got the ground altitudes of airports wrong with respect to the scenery around it, hence the big craters you sometimes see...
 
fredmoss
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Fri Jul 02, 2004 9:47 am

I would suggest Lord Howe Island, off the coast of NSW. The runway itself it straightforward, but it lies between two large hills. If the wind is over 15kts, the turbulance can become quite severe and be beyond the capacity for most small planes.

The nearest alternate is 400NM away, on the Australian mainland.
 
SIunitsrule
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RE: Most Dangerous Airport

Fri Jul 02, 2004 9:52 am

I'm surprised Cuzco is not in the list...
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