Narsarsuaq Airport, Greenland
Narsarsuaq Airport was first built in World War Two as an airbase, but today is one of only two airports in Greenland that are allowed to serve large airliners. The area surrounding it is small, and passengers primarily use it as a transfer point.
The terrifying thing about Narsarsuaq Airport is its frozen runways. Greenland is an icy country and the area of Narsarsuaq experiences a subarctic climate with long, freezing cold winters. Landing on this icy strip takes special skill and a great deal of courage. Along with the ice and frost are unpredictable harsh winds and fog, which can ruin a pilot’s visibility as they skid along the ice to a stop.
Along with the harsh weather conditions, active volcanoes are worryingly close to the runway. They routinely spit out ash and cause even more problems at Narsarsuaq. The last accident here was in 2001 when a freight aircraft crashed on approach, sadly killing 3 people.
Continue Reading This Article