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Are these the world’s scariest landing strips? The airport approaches so terrifying even pilots will think twice

By QIN XIE (Mail Online)    14:05, December 11, 2015

Some of the shortest landing strips in the world are located in tropical paradises like North Pacific and the Maldives

Mountains can be particularly hazardous as it makes positioning the plane harder and is subject to strong winds

Experienced pilots sometimes need extra training to land planes at airports such as Funchal in Madeira, Portugal

Heading 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 it's flowing straight into the sea - especially when there just isn't 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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(Editor:Yuan Can,Bianji)

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