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What Makes This the World's Scariest Airport

Paro Airport in Bhutan is in a treacherous location, to say the least

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 29, 2011 2:53 PM CST
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(Newser) – If you're a squeamish flier, you may want to stop reading right now. The Daily Mail reports on what is said to be the world's most dangerous airport—at the very least, Bhutan's Paro Airport seems to handily capture the title of most dangerous place to land. To wit, as of October 2009, only eight pilots in the world were qualified to land on this strip; it's tucked between the steep slopes of the Himalayas, which stretch as tall as 18,000 feet around it. Planes are forced to wind their way around the mountainside, and the houses that litter it. Other facts about the treacherous spot:

  • Until recently, only one airline—Druk Air—was permitted to use the airport, which sits 7,920 feet above sea level and has a runway that measures some 6,500 feet.
  • Flights can only depart and arrive during daytime.
  • Turbulence can be pretty nasty, due to the winds that course through the valleys.
  • About 30,000 make use of Paro Airport each year; there is only one other airstrip in Bhutan.
Click to find out what the most dangerous country in the world to fly in and out of is (it's not Bhutan).

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