The 17 Most Dangerous Airports In The World

Imagine you're on a plane to your vacation getaway and the pilot says you have been redirected because the runway is too short and you risk falling off a cliff.

Some factors that spawn dangerous airports — and make you wonder what architects were thinking when they were designing the airstrips — include high altitude, extreme location, terrain, and even political stability.[slideshow:82579]

When people think about flying, they are turned off by the possibility of sitting next to a crying baby, a person who sweats a lot, severe turbulence, and bad weather. Most passengers believe they're safe once they see the airport from the windows. But when you have to land on ice, in the mountain, or on a beach, the last leg of the flight can be a nightmare.

Technically, flying on an airplane is among the safest way to travel – the chance of a crash is just 1 in 11 million. But you may feel differently if you were on an approach to land at one of these places.  

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