by Emmie on 19/10/10 at 1:34 pm
Air travel has now become an important part of the world and as such airports are supposed to be safe. However, there are some airports around the world that are classed as dangerous due to various reasons. This is the second in the series of most dangerous airports in the world and this one focuses on Barra Eoligarry Airport.
There are a fair amount of airports that could be classed as dangerous either because of the runway length, adverse weather conditions, situation and other factors.
This is the second in a series of articles about the world’s most dangerous airports and this one is based on BarraEoligarry Airport in Barra.
Where Is Barra Eoligarry Airport?
Barra International Airport is in Barra which is an isle in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. Not many people live on this isle, with reports estimating it at 1,078. It is also not a very big isle either with it only 23 square miles. The west of the island has many white sandy beaches and this is where the airport is located.
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Why Is It So Dangerous?
Landing on a beach sounds fairly dangerous to me, don’t you think? Because of this, flight times vary depending upon tide times. So it can be risky!
Once a day the runway is washed away by the tide, meaning it is totally beneath the sea. In the afternoon, cars will be in the car park with their lights on to guide the pilots when landing. Visibilityis not great so any extra help a pilot can get is good when landing at Barra.
The beach at this airport is actually open and you will usually find a load of aviation junkies there. The only precaution to prevent people to go near the beach is a sign saying ” keep off the beach when airport is in use”.
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Landing & Taking Off At Barra Eoligarry Airport:
Needless to say i would not want to land at this airport, or beach. Having to rely on tide times is risky particularly as they vary.
Taking off i don’t think would be as bad just as long as the tide is accurate, but still i would not be keen.
This would not be an airport that you would want to land or take off from very often. It could certainly be dangerous if the tide decided to change or visibility was bad because the plane could end up in the sea.