The Most Scariest Airports In World

October 20, 2011 by  
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Flying may be one of the safest methods of transportation but it doesn’t always look that way, especially when flying in and out of certain airports. These 10 air travel destinations challenge the skill of pilots, the structure of aircraft, and the underwear of passengers.

Tioman Island Airport, Tioman Island, Malaysia

You may not have heard of Tioman Island (known locally as Gunung Daik Bercabang Tiga) but likely you’ve seen it on TV or at a movie theater: “Bali Hai” in the 1956 film South Pacific was actually Tioman Island. This beautiful tropic isle lies off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, due east of Kuala Lumpur and roughly north-northeast of Singapore.

Berjaya Air operates 2- and 4-engine turboprop planes capable – barely – of negotiating the single 3,254ft (992m) runway at Tioman Island Airport. Pilots must first set their planes on a heading directly into a mountain range, with the pilot then performing a 90 degree turn to line up the runway. Late touchdowns are ill-advised as overshooting the runway means plunging off a sheer cliff.

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Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten

Originally constructed as a military airport during World War II, Princess Juliana International Airport today serves as the main hub for the smaller island destinations of the Caribbean. Takeoffs from the airport require quick reflexes as a sharp turn must be made immediately after becoming airborne, so as not to slam into the mountains.

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Pilot Ejects in the Last Moment to Survive Jet Crash

July 24, 2010 by  
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Pilot’s incredible escape from a jet crash in Canada has been captured on film and in a series of dramatic photographs. This happened during an afternoon practice session for an air show at the Lethbridge County Airport, near Alberta in Canada.
As Captain Brian Bews, 36, of the Royal Canadian Air Force performed a daring low pass of an airfield yesterday, his CF-18 fighter jet suddenly stalled. With only a split second before his plane hit the ground in giant ball of flame, this air force pilot miraculously managed to eject to safety. His quick reactions and his rocket-powered ejector seat saved his life as he was catapulted out of the stricken £30 million aircraft.

Captain Bews was taken to hospital, where he remains this weekend after landing hard and getting dragged across the runway by his parachute.

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‘He’s in the hospital,’ his sister-in-law, Heather Bews, said.

‘His ego’s hurting pretty bad, but we don’t even care. We don’t care about the plane, the show… we just care about him.’

The cause of the crash is so far unknown and there were no more details on the pilot’s injuries.

Pilot Capt. Brian Bews ejects as his a CF-18 fighter jet plummets to the ground during a practice flight at the Lethbridge County Airport on Friday, July 23 for the weekend airshow in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. “He is alive and we believe right now that his injuries are non-life-threatening,” Canadian Forces Capt. Nicole Meszaros told CBC News.

Lightning reactions: Royal Canadian Airforce Captain Brian Bews ejects to safety as his fighter jet stalls

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Going down: The £30m aircraft plummets to the ground at the Lethbridge County Airport, near Alberta in Canada

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