Short Landing Strip


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Gustaf III Airport(IATA: SBH), also known as Saint Barthélemy Airport, sometimes as St. Jean Airport (French: Aérodrome de St Jean), is a public use airport located in the village of St. Jean on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy.

Most visiting aircraft carry fewer than twenty passengers.The concrete landing strip measures 2133 ft (650 meters).
The short airstrip is at the base of a gentle slope ending directly on the beach. The arrival descent is extremely steep over the hilltop traffic circle
and departing planes fly right over the heads of sunbathers.

Approach from the west – ends at the beach of the Baie de Saint Jean.
Approach from the east – ends at a hill slope.

A Piper PA-23 Aztec attempted the tricky runway 10 landing on May 23, 2009, eventually touching down 700 ft (210 m) from the departure end of the runway. Amateur video of the crash sequence shows the plane approaching higher and faster than usual before making the dive for the runway. The plane gained more speed on descent and was caught in ground effect; resultingly, the pilot fought the plane onto the runway, then locked its brakes to stop. Instead, the plane continued into sand, its nosegear dug in, and the aircraft nearly flipped over. Nobody aboard was injured. See YouTube video at: youtube:
Here you see a small airplane appraching from the wrong direction (east).

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