Video captures plane leaving Everest base camp on short runway that falls away to 2,000ft DROP 

Mail Online | 10/8/2008 | Henry Martin For Mailonline
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Terrifying footage shows a plane taking off while facing a dramatic 2,000ft drop.

Nepal's Lukla Airport, regarded as one of the world's most dangerous, has a 1,729ft airstrip which comes to an abrupt end, leaving pilots no room for mistakes when taking off.

Video - Footage - Aviation - Channel - Cargospotter

Video footage, uploaded to YouTube by aviation channel Cargospotter, shows several aircraft landing and taking off from the 98ft-wide Himalayan runway, located near the Everest base camp.

Due to the difficulty of successfully navigating the airport's tricky terrain, Nepal's Civil Aviation Authority only allows experienced pilots with at least 100 short-takeoff-and-landing (STOL) missions under their belt to land there.

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Additional requirements include having over one year of STOL experience in Nepal and completing ten missions into Lukla with a certified instructor pilot.

The video's description details how the airport is often considered 'the most dangerous airport in the world'.


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