Top 5 dangerous airports

 

If you love traveling but you also want to know the risks that you are exposing yourself to while visiting other places by plane, we are here to present to you five dangerous airports that you should avoid or, at least, know about before you book your next flight.

 

The Courchevel International Airport – France

As you can imagine, building an airport between the rocks of a mountain is not the best of ideas. However, this small aerodrome for helicopters and small airplanes is actually located within the mountainous area of Courchevel, a ski resort from the French Alps.

The airstrip has an 18.5% downward gradient that makes it terribly difficult for planes to take off. Also, the runway is very short, as it only measures 1,762 ft.  As a plus, because of the terrain, there is currently no go-around procedure for landing here.

To make things even worse, the runway of this airport has no lighting aids and no instrument approach procedure. Because of this, landing here during foggy days is a nightmare for inexperienced pilots.

The Lukla Airport – Nepal

If you are a fan of mounting climbing and you intend to visit Mount Everest, you will probably find yourself having to reach the Lukla Airport in Nepal. Similarly to the previous airport that we have talked about, this location is dangerous because it is also situated between the mountains. On top of that, the runway is quite short, it has 1,729 ft., and the terminal is not that long.

What is more, given the geographical positioning of the airport, the weather here is often very bad, and the visibility is low. As a consequence, the airport is home to many unhappy incidents and crashes that sometimes end with casualties.

Besides, this aerodrome is surrounded by a chain-link fence, and armed police forces guard it on a daily basis.

 

The McMurdo Air Station – Antarctica

If you are not afraid of the cold and you are dreaming of visiting Antarctica, we suggest that you stay away from the McMurdo Air Station. One of the primary reasons why this airport is dangerous has to do with the fact that not many people travel to this area and, thus, the infrastructure here is bad, or, better said, missing.

Although the runway here is not necessarily short, it is covered in ice, which is a reason why many pilots have issues landing here. Even more so, the temperatures here are below freezing throughout the year and half the year is pitch black.

 

The Madeira Airport – Portugal

The thought of expanding an airport is, usually, a good idea. However, not the same can be said about the situation in the Madeira Airport, in Portugal. Here, in an attempt to boost the landing strips situated between the ocean and the cliffs, the designers decided to build the extra needed platforms on an artificial island.

However, as the time passed by, the columns that hold the artificial runway have withstood a series of shocks during the landings. Because of this, this airport has made it to our list!

 

The Barra Airport – Scotland

This list would have been half-done without us reminding you of the Barra Airport, in Scotland. The first thing that you have to know about this place is the fact that this is currently the only location in the entire world where the landing surface is a beach. In fact, if you happen to reach your destination during the tide, chances are that the plane won’t be able to land here.

The reason for this is connected to the fact that three of the runways of the airport are underwater during high tide. Given these conditions, the planes are only allowed to land here during a certain part of the day.

Additionally, there have been incidents when reflective strips were placed on the beach, and vehicle lights were used to mark the runway during the night so that the planes that have arrived after sunlight could land. However, if you are a fan of the beach, chances are that you will love this location!

All in all, before you make your next flight reservation, be sure to consider just how dangerous the airport that you have to depart from and/or land on is. This way, you can avoid the unexpected stress and anxiety caused by a bad or scary flying experience!

 

 

 

Top 5 things you should never eat in the wild

 

Living in the wild is just as scary as it sounds. That’s why, even though the chances you will have to do it are slim, you’d better learn what kind of foods you should stay away from and not consume nor touch. Nature can be terrifying, as there are hundreds, if not thousands, of plants and fruits that could cause great harm or even kill you.

We would all like to think that we could be just as efficient as Bear Grylls at surviving in extreme conditions, but the truth is, he is a trained army guy, and that most of us have trouble ordering food online. And that is exactly why you should read this article so that you can educate yourself, and if the situation ever arises, to call yourself a survivor.

It’s not a selfish thing to want to learn what not to eat while you’re running for your life. This way, you can too teach your family and friends how to survive. The tricky part is that everything looks so appealing and inviting, and, when you’re starving, it’s hard to say no even if it’s poisonous. So, without further ado, here are the ultimate things that if ingested, could lead to some serious problems. Like death.

The first inedible thing is a difficult one. That’s because mushrooms – numero uno on our list – are divided into two categories: poisonous and non-poisonous. The ones you can eat are delicious and easy to cook even in a doomsday scenario. However, the other group, well, let’s just say some of the most potent poisons in the world can be contained by some species of mushrooms.

You should learn how to differentiate mushrooms, because they can be found in abundance in nature, and are an excellent source of protein. And yes, some are hallucinogenic, but it might not be a good idea to try those while wild animals surround you. To read about mushrooms, try your local library or Youtube.

At number two we have water. Yes, water! If you are thirsty, try to drink running water, not from stagnant pools. Stagnant water is filled with bacteria and algae most of the time, which can cause dysentery and other severe gastrointestinal diseases. And, ironically, it can lead to dehydration.

A smart thing you could do is prepare ahead. Invest in a quality and complete disaster kit, as those have decent water reserves. Or, if you want to take things even further, you can buy a water filter or a bottle that has one built-in. And whatever you do, do not drink ocean water. It can lead to death, and it is full of salt, which is only going to make you thirstier. If you don’t have any of these, try boiling the water you drink beforehand.

This might sound ridiculous to some, but next on this list is Poison Ivy. And why would some mistake it for an edible thing? Well, because most city people have never seen this plant in their entire lives, and because it closely resembles another edible leaf called the Virginia creeper.

The plant, aka. Miss Ivy, produces urushiol, which is a skin irritant. When it gets in contact with your epidermis, it will give you a rash, and painful blisters will appear almost instantly. As if this wasn’t enough, it can also lead to severe allergies. Even if you might never find yourself in a life and death situation, it is still a clever idea to look it up and to avoid it whenever you go to the park or camping.

Next up is the Horsenettle. What’s that, you’re asking? It is a plant which has fruits that look identical to cherry tomatoes, which are delicious and full of nutrients, unlike the weed mentioned above. If you’re hiking and you’re suddenly starving, whatever you do, do not eat those “tomatoes” that grow on the side of the trail. It might be a better idea to eat tree bark as our ancestors did.

And lastly, as our final public enemy, we have bats. You might think that this is insane and that nobody does that, but there are many countries where bats are a common meat source. However, they are known for carrying hundreds of diseases, including Ebola. Smoking, as bat meat is usually preserved by, doesn’t kill the virus and you could still get infected.