Watch footage of the world's most difficult airport runways that test pilots' skills on each landing & takeoffs
Airliner crashes killed 828 people last year, 13 percent more than in 2009, as the number of fatal accidents rose by five to 28, a study released on January 4, 2010 shows.
Below, we look at some of the world's most 'dangerous' airports that test the pilots' skills while landing and even while taking off:
Princess Juliana International Airport serves the Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin. Pictures of low flying aircraft were published in several news magazines worldwide in early 2000 and looked so unreal that some were even disputed as fakes. The thrilling approaches and ease of access for shooting spectacular images made the airport one of the world's favorite places among planespotters.
Toncontín International Airport is a civil and military airport that serves Tegucigalpa, Honduras. It is 6 km away from the center of Tegucigalpa.
Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport is the only airport on the Caribbean island of Saba, in the Netherlands Antilles. It is well known among experienced fliers for the way in which airplanes must approach or take off from the airport.
Gustaf III Airport , also known as Saint Barthélemy Airport or St. Jean Airport is a public use airport located in the village of St. Jean on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy.
Lukla is Nepal's busiest domestic airport, and in the peak season the airlines operate over 50 flights a day through the facility.
Madeira Airport , (informally known as Funchal Airport is an international airport located near Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. The airport was once infamous for its short runway which, surrounded by high mountains and the ocean, made it a tricky landing for even the most experienced of pilots.
Courchevel Airport is a French airport that serves Courchevel, a ski area. The airport is considered dangerous, having a difficult approach, an upslope runway and a hill.
Barra Airport is a short-runway airport situated in the wide shallow bay of Traigh Mhòr at the north tip of the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The airport is unique, being the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway.