Tegucigalpa

This was scheduled early yesterday.

First of all, for those who have not seen these, they’re not recommended for anyone about to take a flight. Nor am I having a go at Airbus, that was not the issue here.

Before getting down to it, one most annoying thing these uploaders do, apart from ads dropped in, even in mid-conversation, is clickbaiting. It proclaimed it was the world’s most dangerous airport. During the video though, it said it was second most dangerous and here it says something else:

Just as a matter of interest, this was on Google:

Here are five of the most dangerous airports in the world, as compiled by MSN:

  • Lukla Airport, Nepal.
  • Madeira Airport, Portugal.
  • Courchevel International Airport, France.
  • Barra Airport, Scotland. hopeblamireartist. …
  • McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

Not a big deal but still a misrepresentation and unnecessary. Such things only put a person of a channel or series.

A second annoying aspect was that the maker was deliberately defensive on one episode – he wrote that he’d put a lot of work into this, you know. Bizarre thing to write, then – hope you enjoy it. Again – a minor thing but somehow annoying.

Having said that, the graphics were, as many have stated, excellent and the conclusions reasonable.

How complex flight is, even in this day and age – it wasn’t just the dangerous approach but a whole host of factors, including gross weight.

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9 comments for “Tegucigalpa

  1. Doonhamer
    March 28, 2020 at 11:02

    Which meaning of “gross” had you in mind there.
    Never fly with another 143 passengers and crew?
    I won’t dwell on the fattist option.

  2. March 28, 2020 at 11:15

    There are several airfield in the world which require special training of pilots before they can land. Corcheval and Lukla are amongst them. So is St Barts.

    Lukla has just one landing direction, at a cliff edge and with a wall at the other end. Only one take-off direction too, off the cliif.

    St Barts can be approached from the ‘easy end’ over the beach but the ‘prevailing’ threshold at the other end can only be approached over a steep hill with a traffic roundabout at the top. Aircraft pass just a few tens of feet above traffic and have to fly down the short hill very steeply. If the wind is ‘strong’ it takes some effort to get the plane to actually stop flying. Go-arounds are common. Take offs are from the hill end only.

    Corcheval is a real bugger with a greatly undulating, uphill runway, again approachable from just one end usually. You cannot fly in there without having made numerous landings under supervision.

    Not on the list is Kathmandu. Approaches from the ‘north’ end require a steep descent from height as there are high mountains in the way and on three sides. The ‘south’ end approach requires a weave through high mountain passes and a sharp turn onto final approach.

    Madeira is beset by crosswinds (a bit like Frankfurt), and Barra requires landing, in often shallow water, on a beach.

    All great fun of course. I have ‘hacked’ them all on my flt sim 🙂

    Those of course are all ‘commercial’ fields. There are many tiny strips in PNG where only the brave, the young and the foolish dare to go, which would make the listed ones above look like childplay.

    • March 28, 2020 at 11:30

      Was hoping you’d come in on this because I was aware you knew these things.

  3. Mark Matis
    March 28, 2020 at 12:06

    The most dangerous airport in the world is clearly Tenerife. THAT is still the site of the deadliest on-airport crash. This was merely another case of third world culture pretending it is capable of operating first world equipment. As it was with those two 737 Max crashes.

  4. The Jannie
    March 28, 2020 at 13:22

    How the 4ck does Barra count as one of the most dangerous airstrips? Maybe they tried it when the tide was in . . . .

  5. Chuckles
    March 28, 2020 at 13:24

    El Alto International Airport, in La Paz, Bolivia

  6. March 28, 2020 at 16:33

    Mark Matis means Tenerife North, presumably? The main airport (South)is superb. Or was on my last commercial rotation their just before retirement in December 2004. Funchal is also not what it was since the runway extension allowing greater flexibility for landing distance and x wind limitations. As for Innsbruck, now that’s another doozie.

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