This is one airport you don’t want to fly into. Tegucigalpa’s (pronounced Tay-goo-see-gall-pah) Toncontín International Airport in Honduras is one of the world’s most dangerous airports.
For people that have to fly in regularly, the landing is an absolute nightmare. Passengers are flown through a twisted ravine before landing on a short runway.
For those that live close to the airport, the nightmare is no different with constant danger lurking overhead as planes fly low over their houses on final approach. Many firefighters that service Toncontín International Airport have seen more than one major airline crash in their careers. The biggest crash to date at Tegucigalpa’s airport was in 2008 when a TACA Airlines Airbus A320 overshot the runway on a rainy day in the Honduran capital.
What makes it so dangerous
- Mountainous region
- An extremely short runway
- Unusual maneuvers pilots must take to avoid the mountains
On the bright side
Having been the scene of no less than six fatal crashes since 1989, authorities have decided it’s high time they start planning for a new airport in Honduras’ capital city. However, after 160 aviation fatalities (most from commercial jet crashes) it seems the plans to build a new airport alongside a longer and safer runway at a military base outside the capital can’t come soon enough.
Toncontín International Airport Video: Al Jazeera