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#1    pallidin

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:33 PM

This apparent disaster-waiting-to-happen is on the Island of St. Maarten. The airport has a particularly short runway that ends just 40 feet from beach, leaving large planes just barely enough room to land. So they have to come in low, directly over the beach, making it a prime destination for an afternoon of quiet, relaxing sunbathing.





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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:43 PM

Pilots have to have a special license to land/take off there. It's not as unsafe as you think really.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:45 PM

Yeah, I've seen a few of these over the years from this spot.  Looks like fun huh?


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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:48 PM

Couldn't get it to play :hmm:

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:50 PM

View Postouija ouija, on 12 December 2012 - 06:48 PM, said:

Couldn't get it to play :hmm:

Try again, I might have been reviewing it too much.


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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:54 PM

View PostOverSword, on 12 December 2012 - 06:45 PM, said:

Yeah, I've seen a few of these over the years from this spot.  Looks like fun huh?

If I were a passenger, I think would be scared as heck!


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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

View Postpallidin, on 12 December 2012 - 06:50 PM, said:

Try again, I might have been reviewing it too much.

Still couldn't get it to work here so I went to YouTube ............... WTF!!!! It missed the perimeter fence by inches!!!!!

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:09 PM

Skiathos is bad as well:




My housemate was scared when she went there on holiday. lol

Edited by Coffey, 12 December 2012 - 07:09 PM.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:11 PM

It looks an awesome place. In fact, this picture was on the front page of Airliners.net just today..

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:11 PM

View Postouija ouija, on 12 December 2012 - 06:58 PM, said:

Still couldn't get it to work here so I went to YouTube ............... WTF!!!! It missed the perimeter fence by inches!!!!!

Yeah, I can't even begin to imagine what might happen if it hit that fence!


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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:12 PM

Glad that car was little. In my truck I would have been hit


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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:35 PM

View Postwolfknight, on 12 December 2012 - 07:12 PM, said:

Glad that car was little. In my truck I would have been hit

Yeah, that 747 was very, very, very, very close to the ground and the fence.


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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:48 PM

This reminds me of Madeira runway! When I was cabin crew I was given the privilege of being allowed to be in the flight deck to watch one of the most difficult and dangerous landings. The most skilled Captains and First Officers were only allowed to operate on this flight. I remember thinking we weren't going to make it! It was awesome sitting with a panoramic view of what looked like a little 'crouton' in the sea and observing the skill of the crew as they brought the plane down! The original length of the runway was a mere 1600 meters!

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:58 PM

View Postpallidin, on 12 December 2012 - 06:54 PM, said:

If I were a passenger, I think would be scared as heck!
Breathtaking from every aspect :w00t:

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:02 PM

Hi Palladin!

Here is a list of the most terryfying landings strips in the world and listed is St Martin and Madeira airport!

http://www.environme...ng-strips-earth

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