Did a traveler know, apart from Tibet, there are still 5 other destinations in the world that are forbidden to fly by plane. Can you guess, where is the destination?
Tibet is an area that pilots always avoid when flying planes. Tibet is known to have extreme geographical conditions.
The area that is part of China is in the highlands and surrounded by mountains. The average altitude there is 4,500 meters. At that altitude, the plane will not have enough time to descend in case of an emergency.
Another reason pilots don’t want to fly in Tibet is concerns about fuel freezing. As we know, Tibet has mountains with lower temperatures.
Jet A1 standard fuel has a freezing point of -47 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, Jet A fuel, which is generally used by United States airlines, is slightly higher at -40 degrees. If the plane makes a continuous long flight in the area, it is feared that the fuel will freeze.
Apart from Tibet, apparently there are 5 other destinations that airplane pilots avoid. What are you?
1. Macchu Picchu, Peru
Apart from Tibet, pilots are prohibited from flying their planes to Macchu Picchu. The reason, because they want to keep this historic site from pollution. Another reason is because here the pilot cannot make an emergency landing because it will damage the site.
The historic site, Machu Picchu, has reopened to the public. Peru’s number one tourist attraction limits its visitor capacity to 30%. Photo: AP Photo/Martin Mejia
2. Mecca, Saudi Arabia
In addition to Macchu Picchu, the airspace of Makkah in Saudi Arabia is also forbidden to fly by planes. In Mecca there is a building that is considered very sacred by Muslims, namely the Kaaba.
Pilots flying over the Kaaba are threatened with severe sanctions and huge fines by the Saudi Arabian government.
Security officers at the Grand Mosque (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) Photo: AP/Amr Nabil
Next up: Taj Mahal