Video captures plane's terrifying descent into St Barths Airport

Rosie Vare
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Slow-Motion Video Shows Hair-Raising Descent to Saint Barths Airport
Slow-Motion Video Shows Hair-Raising Descent to Saint Barths Airport
Plane landing runway St Barths Caribbean
Plane landing runway St Barths Caribbean


Most of us have been unlucky enough to experience some rocky turbulence, irritating co-passengers or dodgy airline food but this video shows just how scary plane landings can be.

The slow motion footage, captured by YouTube contributor Dez Rosswess, shows a Twin Otter aircraft coming in to land at Gustaf III Airport on the Caribbean island of St Barths.

The unfortunate position of the runway means that the plane has to navigate the brow of a steep hill before coming in to land safely.

Thanks to the awkward positioning of the runway, pilots are forced to approach nose down, rather than the usual position where the nose is facing upwards.

The landing strip at the airport is also just 650 metres long or 2132 feet whereas a regular runway will usually measure around 6,000 feet.

The longest runway in the world is thought to be found at Qamdo Bamda Airport in Tibet, China where is measures a whopping 18,045 feet.

The shortest commercial runway in the world is at Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport on the Caribbean island of Saba and it measures just 1,299 feet.



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Synchronized Plane Landing
Synchronized Plane Landing