Have you ever had a questionable landing? Or landed when you thought there was no way you could make it? We had one when we were flying back in a puddle-jumper from Key West to Tampa. There was no curtain or door to cover the cockpit and we could see just how bad the wind was rocking our little plane.
Here are some of the most terrifying U.S. airports!
, Sitka, Alaska
, Washington, D.C.
, Aspen, Colo.
Pilots need a special certificate to land in Aspen, and with good reason, especially during the winter ski season. The strip is wedged between two mountains — requiring strict control — with often low visibility and an icy runway.
, Santa Ana, Calif.
, San Diego
Prepare to kiss the ground upon landing: San Diego International Airport is considered one of the country’s scariest airports due to several factors. First, there are mountains to the north and east, so pilots need to be on their A-game. Mexican airspace is due south, and the west brings pretty intense tailwinds. The airport is also located downtown, which is convenient for getting to your hotel in short time, but it makes for a white-knuckle descent.
, Charleston, W.Va.
Have you ever landed at any of these airports?