Wellington International Airport, New Zealand
New Zealand is well known for being an incredible place to visit. It’s obvious why so many movies and TV shows use it as a location. Most famous are its phenomenal natural landscapes, which are featured in Lord Of The Rings and Game Of Thrones. However, a visit to Wellington, New Zealand means plucking up the courage to brave an ascent into Wellington International Airport…
Flying into Wellington is well known for being a nerve-wracking experience. At only 1936m, Wellingtons runway is so short that it limits the size of the planes that can use it, and the end of the runway leads straight into the sea. From the window, passengers see the rocky, mountainous landscape below them and wonder how on earth they will make it to the ground.
Considering the short runway, rocky landscape, and hair-raising weather conditions, there have been surprisingly few accidents here. However, In 1963, an aircraft overran the runway and ended up down an embankment on a nearby public road, and in a 1959 air show. Two small planes were damaged in incidents because of the high winds that day.