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Top Five Scariest Airports and Runways in the World

Timid during turbulence? These airports might send a shiver to faint-hearted flyers. But fear not; flying is one of the safest forms of transport there is, and for nervous flyers is a mere stepping stone to get you to your destination. And for those unconvinced, scroll down to our guide to in-flight accidents.

5. Courchevel Altiport, France
For holidaymakers, skiers, snowboarders and mountaineers this altiport serves those headed to a resort in the French Alps. As you can imagine, being 1722 feet high up in the Alps, the uphill runway means that pilots require extensive training before landing here amidst the snow and icy conditions.

4. Princess Juliana International Airport, St Maarten
Another Youtubers’ favourite, St Maarten airport’s close proximity to the public beach means that sunbathers rays are blocked by low-landing jets perhaps a little too close for comfort, with tourists often filming themselves holding onto the runway’s fence as they’re blown away by planes preparing for take-off.

3. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba Island
As the world’s shortest commercial runway, this Caribbean airport is surrounded by sea at both ends of the runway.

2. Maketane Air Strip, Africa
Maketane in Lesotho has the highest low point of any country in the world. The scenic runway is 200 metres long and sees planes take-off the cliff-edge towards mountains before a considerable drop.

1. Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong
The dangerous, overcrowded airport saw 12 severe air accidents in its time. More than once, aircraft that overran the runway landed in the sea, following an obstacle course of rooftops. No longer a cause of fear, many rejoiced when Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong closed in 1998.

What if You’re Injured in an Air Accident?

Air crashes are thankfully few and infrequent, but in-flight accidents for which you may wish to bring a claim come in other less headline-worthy forms that you may have known.

As we have discussed in our previous blog, Does an On-Board Accident Claim Differ from Others?, the Montreal Convention manages accidents that happen during the course of international flights. In the case of injury or damage of baggage and cargo, the Montreal Convention holds the respective airline liable for any air accident compensation claims.

Under the terms of the Montreal Convention, an accident may include:

  • A collision on the runway
  • Collapsing seatback
  • Falling luggage
  • Burns and scalds from hot food and drink
  • Food poisoning
  • An air crash

Many aviation accidents are governed by the Montreal Convention, which provides for a system of compensation for passengers in relation to injury or damage to baggage, and means that the airlines are held liable, providing the passenger was not at fault. Strict time limits apply to such cases, and it is therefore vital that individuals affected seek specialist legal advice when seeking redress.

If you or your holiday party are injured in an aviation accident our No Win, No Fee travel litigation solicitors can help you with your claim for air accident compensation.

Call us on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online. From outside the UK please call +44 20 7657 1555.

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