Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Crazy Airport Landing

My friend Jeff is in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Which of course got me looking into Wikipedia about it and I saw this paragraph:
Toncontin International Airport serves as the major airport in and out of Tegucigalpa. The origin of this name is unknown. This airport is frequently criticized for being one of the most dangerous in the world (due to its location next to a sierra, its short runway, and difficult approach, which requires large commercial jets to execute a tight hairpin leftward u-turn turn at very low altititude to land on a very short runway--American Airlines pilots, for example, receive additional, specific training for the Toncontin approach).
On May 30, 2008, there was a plane crash in the airport, in which TACA airline jet skidded off the runway, across a busy road and slammed into an embankment, crushing several cars. The crash killed five people and injured 65.
That got me digging further, because my gf, and her fear of flying, would require her to be knocked out cold to be on that flight. I found this video: