Well i dont know if it is a general practice or not, but at the new Cochin airport (COK) in southern india, the taxiway that runs parallel to the main rwy is almost exactly the same length, albeit slightly less in width.
the taxiway was used for landings and takeoffs atleast for some time while the main rwy was being extended to 14000 feet.
The scariest flight i've been on was an IC A320 flight where we ran into BAD turbulence while descending into Bangalore (BLR). I think we lost an engine, though i am not sure.
More recently, the aircraft i was on, a 737-400 of a private airline, made a real hard landing. I was like jolted out my thoughts, and thought we had crashed or something. After reaching the apron, When i asked the FA what had happened, she said that the rwy was pretty short only around 4500 ft and the rwy was slippery bcos of the rains, so this landing was NORMAL practice (sic). These babes do know to stand up for their pilots who make bad landings.
As it is i am scared shitty of landings. And this was scary!