Toncontin International Airport, Honduras
At Toncontin International Airport, even the most experienced pilots admit to feeling a little scared to land. Landing at the airport is so dangerous that pilots require special training before they attempt it. Of all the airports in the world that serve commercial flights, it has the shortest runway. Because of the surrounding terrain, approaching aircrafts must descend rapidly before meeting the terrifyingly short runway, which has a 65ft cliff waiting at the end for any plane that overshoots. Pilots landing here must land in exactly the right spot or face certain disaster.
Pilots aren’t fearful of this airport without reason. In 2008, a landing attempt went horribly wrong when a pilot couldn’t land on his first attempt. After informing passengers that he was going to have to make a second attempt, events took a terrible turn when a strong wind from the South pushed the plane to a higher ground speed as it touched down.
It couldn’t stop in time and crashed down the cliff and onto a busy street below. 3 people on the plane and 2 on the ground were killed in the crash. Before the disaster in 2008, in 1998 another plane suffered the same fate, resulting in the loss of 3 lives.
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