The World’s CRAZIEST Airports!!!! Lukla, Saba, and St. Barths (in HD) – YouTube

Veröffentlicht am 28.04.2013This is some of my footage from all the world’s craziest airports I’ve been to! Locations include St. Barths (French Antilles), Saba (Netherlands Antilles), and Lukla, Nepal. I’ve uploaded some of the full footage of each of these but if you want the full footage from the others, feel free to ask! As usual, leave your comments below, and SUBSCRIBE! You’ll make my day!

All of the content in this movie is mine: I shot the video, took the pictures, and, yes, I wrote the song. 😀 The video was edited in Apple’s iMovie, and all of the camera info is below. The song, „Flare“ by Rythmium (me!) was made in GarageBand, and you can listen to the full and final version at


Saba’s Juancho Yrausquin Airport is an incredible one. With a runway length of 396m (1300ft– source: Wikipedia) it’s one of the shortest paved runways in the world. Not to mention that on each side of the runway are 60-foot (13m) cliffs to the sea and rocks below. The airport is officially closed (hence the „x“s on either end of the runway) but with permission from some authority (not sure which one; probably the Dutch government) Winair flights are allowed to land there. It’s often impossible to land there whenever there’s even the slightest hint of wind, so many flights are delayed or cancelled. It’s truly an experience.

The Saba landing and exterior takeoff view were shot on an iPhone 5 in 1080p and the interior takeoff was shot using a Nikon Coolpix 16.1MP (the model with 14x optical zoom) in 1080p. The aircraft were Winair De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otters.


Lukla’s Tenzing-Hilary airport is EXTRAORDINARY! Built against a mountain on a 12% grade, the runway is only 460m (1,510ft– source: Wikipedia) long and is at an elevation of 9,383 ft / 2,860 m. Pilots landing there must have extreme skill because they must fly through the himalayas to reach the airport, and once there they must turn through a final pass before making a steep descent to the runway. Flights are often delayed and cancelled due to weather. We sat in the Kathmandu airport for 2 days waiting for our flight to leave, and when it didn’t leave we were offered a very good deal by Mountain Helicopters, so we took the helicopter to get on our way so we could start our trek. That flight was one of the most terrifying flights I’ve ever taken, as the whole way we were in fog and you could only barely see the passes as we flew between them, sometimes only hundreds of feet from the rocky cliffs.

The Lukla landing and takeoff were shot on my trusty 2008 Sony Cybershot 10.1MP in 720p (fine) mode. Sorry; I didn’t have a 1080p-capable camera when I shot those clips. The aircraft were a Mountain Helicopters Eurocopter AS350B3 Ecureuil (pronounced „eh-kyoo-roy“– it’s French for „squirrel“) and a Tara Air De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter.

St. Barths:

At only 650m (2133 ft– source: Wikipedia) the runway at Saint Barth Gustaf III Airport is one of the coolest in the world. To make things even more difficult, there’s a hill on one side that aircraft must land over (as the wind usually faces that direction) and they can only take off in one direction. It’s really exciting to land there in Twin Otters with their trademark steep approach, and takeoff can be slightly nerve-racking, considering that the airlines that fly there nearly always fly their planes full. Thankfully, though, they’ve never had an accident on takeoff that I know of. There has been at least one occasion in which an aircraft stalled on approach and crashed into the hill on landing. Since then they’ve slightly modified the landing procedures, taking more stall-prevention measures, although I’m not sure exactly what they are. At least one aircraft has overrun the runway on landing (well, that’s the only one that I know of that’s on youtube– you can look it up if you want) but that was a private pilot who decided to continue with his approach despite the fact that he was two-thirds of the way down the runway and still hadn’t touched down. He didn’t go around, and ended up taking a swim in St. Jean beach at the end; no one was hurt, thankfully.

You can watch the landing and takeoff and another landing from my trip here:



Other plane landing:

The St. Barths clips were all shot on an iPhone 5 in 1080p. The interior shots were on Winair De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otters and the exterior shot was of a St. Barth Commuter Cessna 208B Grand Caravan.

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