8 Scariest Airports in the World

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Congonhas Airport has an extremely short runway

Congonhas International Airport in São Paulo, Brazil isn’t only a bit scary, but it’s also fairly dangerous. This is another airport that has a very short runway, and it is also located in a crowded portion of the city, so it feels as if you’re scraping the tops of high-rise buildings when you’re landing there.

It is one of the four airports that serve the city, and it has become well-known for its risky runways that are oftentimes accused of being way too slippery. Apparently, its runway hasn’t been constructed with proper grooves that are supposed to drain away excess rainwater, which led to a build-up of standing water at times.

This resulted in a serious number of fatal crashes. Over the years, there were some serious incidents at that airport. One of the most notable happened in 2007 when TAM Airlines Airbus A320 overran the runway 35L during a moderate rainfall. The plane immediately crashed into a nearby warehouse, killing all 187 people on board and 12 civilians on the ground.

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  1. I flew 20 yrs. Ago, not because I wanted to but because I had to !!!! & It took ALOT for me to get through it !! Luckily they were short flights , less than 2 hrs. After that I never flew again & NEVER WILL !!! I HATE FLYING !!!

    1. You are so right! I live in San Diego. I landed on a United flight here in the nineties so hard that trays and other items fell onto the floor in the galley. The absolute worst landing I have ever had into San Diego. Oh yes I forgot to mention the buildings you fly in between. The running joke “We could see what people were eating at Mr. A’s.”

  2. Valerie Fitzgerald

    Terrific airport—magnificent landing views. Got some of my best pics out the window of the plane while it was landing. Wouldn’t hesitate to go to Telluride again (sigh) don’t quite have the cash, though!

  3. as a passenger the 3 NY metro airports are the scariest. Between JFK, LaGuardia and Newark,(nt to mention Teterboro) that’s a lot of airplanes that air traffic control has to keep from bumping into each other

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