As a group of islands, you’d expect the Caribbean to have some, well... ‘sporting’ landing strips. And so it turns out. There are short runways, runways with cross-winds, runways with cliffs at either end, and runways that inconveniently have a hill in the way, just where you’d want the pilot to line up to land.
We have tested them all and have put together a roll of honour – the Caribbean’s top three scariest landings! And here they are. Enjoy...
1 St Maarten
There’s a rather short approach to this runway, so the beach-goers get a bit of a shock from time to time.
2 St Barths
You worry that as it comes in to land the plane will take the hat of the car drivers on the road below.
3 Culebra, off Puerto Rico
And yes, there’s a hill just where you want the pilot to line up here, so you swing around the hillside.
And before you go, if you would like to read a story about landing on Saba, a bright green pimple of an island whose airstrip is shorter than any self-respecting aircraft carrier, then have a look at Landing on Saba - Not Something for the Sane! which is the fourth video in the above playlist.
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