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Airliners Nearly Scrape The Hills On Landing At This Central American Airport


This airfield is one of the most challenging commercial airports to land at in the world.

Our second installment of this week’s series of dangerous airports around the world features Toncontín International Airport which is less than four miles from downtown Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

The mountainous terrain creates two challenging factors for commercial pilots. First, the approach is not head on, which requires a fast descent with a sharp turn. The mountains also create wind gusts which require unexpected adjustments.

The largest commercial aircraft allowed to land at Toncontin is a 757 and the video shows the small margin for error pilots have when making their approach. (Make sure to listen to the advice of one of the onlookers in the video.)

Once the wheels hit the tarmac, the fun isn’t over. The runways at this airport are shorter than normal so hitting the landing marks and riding the brakes are crucial factors. The most recent landing accident at this airport came in 2008 when an Airbus A320 overshot the runway due to pilot error.


Written by Wendell Barnhouse

Wendell Barnhouse is a veteran journalist with over 40 years of experience as a writer and an editor. For the last 30 years, he wrote about college sports but he has had an interest and curiosity about aviation since he was in grade school.

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