World's Most Hair-Raising Airports

Technological improvements continue to make air travel safer every year. But just because there hasn’t been a fatal commercial plane crash in the U.S. since 2009 doesn’t mean that certain airports don’t quicken your pulse just a bit. Short runways, steep descents and unpredictable surfaces can make a thrill ride out of getting a 987,000-pound vehicle (the maximum weight of a 747) on or off the ground.
Text by John Rosenthal | Photo editing by Connie Ricca
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Dec 5, 2012 8:46PM
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When visiting St. Maarten several years ago on a cruise, we took a tour and saw this first-hand.  The runway looked very short and the planes were barely above our head.  I remember thinking that I don't want to ever fly into this airport!!!
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