Why Planes Don’t Fly Over Himalayas

Why Planes Don’t Fly Over Himalayas


Wouldn’t it be amazing to see the tallest
mountain on the planet from an airplane window? Just imagine yourself nestled in your seat,
sipping on a coffee and admiring that snow covered mountain peak! The only problem is that planes don’t fly
over Mount Everest, or the Himalayan range, for that matter. But why? To answer this troubling question, let’s imagine
a scheduled commercial flight which, out of the blue, decides to fly over the Himalayas. At first, the flight is going smoothly: the
plane reaches its usual cruising altitude of 35,000 feet and is traveling at a speed
of about 550 miles per hour. Soon, the pilots see a range of tall mountains
straight ahead, with one peak standing out among the rest. It’s the world-famous Everest – the highest
mountain above sea level on the whole planet! Its height is a monstrous 29,000 feet, and
it keeps growing by one-tenth of an inch every year! See ,there it goes! Anyway, the pilots aren’t even a bit concerned
about having to fly over the peak: after all, the plane has more than 6,000 feet to spare. But once the aircraft has reached Everest
and is moving over it, the pilots realize they shouldn’t have been so careless! Because that’s when everything goes awry! Suddenly, everybody on board hears a loud
bang, and the terrified cockpit crew immediately recognizes the signs of sudden decompression! There might have been a problem with the pressurization
system; one of the doors could have been sealed incorrectly; or there could have been a crack
in a window or the fuselage. Whatever the reason for the emergency, the
crew has to react immediately! Passengers on this plane were paying attention
to the pre-flight safety demonstration before the plane took off. That’s why they immediately put oxygen masks
over their mouths and noses and try to keep calm. The cockpit crew, on the other hand, is close
to panic. The problem is that there isn’t as much oxygen
in your mask as you might think. It usually lasts for no more than 15 to 20
minutes. And you can probably imagine the consequences
of running out of oxygen at an altitude of 35,000 feet. (Spoiler: it’s… not good.) That’s why the pilots must make the plane
drop down to 10,000 feet, where the passengers will be able to breathe without using oxygen
masks. But… the plane is still flying over the
Himalayas, and there’s no way it could drop so low! I’d better just end the story right now, before
something terrible happens to our passenger jet and all the travelers inside. I think you’ve got the idea. But you should know that the inability to
lower the plane in the case of rapid decompression isn’t the only thing preventing aircraft from
flying over Everest. One of the reasons planes have such an impressive
cruising altitude is that it lets pilots have some “room for error.” It means that if something goes wrong, the
captain can glide the aircraft while trying to fix the problem. But you can’t do much if you have a mere 6,000
feet to spare, right? On top of that, if an emergency landing is
unavoidable, pilots simply won’t be able to find an easily accessible airport nearby! Admittedly, Kathmandu can deal with a jet,
but this airport has only one runway and doesn’t have an instrumental landing system. And finally, if you’ve ever flown over the
mountains, you probably know that turbulence above them is nothing but nasty. Winds moving over mountain ranges at high
speeds create so-called “mountain waves” which can turn any ride into a rough one. And while turbulence isn’t dangerous per se,
airlines still try to plan their routes around mountainous areas if possible. And speaking of the Himalayas, the turbulence
there is so bad that it’s almost impossible for commercial airplanes to fly over that
region. Have you ever experienced severe turbulence
while flying over the mountains? Share your stories in the comment section
below! Anyway, if you take into consideration all
these factors, it becomes crystal clear why it’s both safer and easier for airplanes to
avoid the Himalayas altogether. But this mountainous region isn’t the only
place pilots dislike. How about I tell you about some of the most
dangerous airports in the world? – Those who decide to visit Mount Everest
usually arrive at the Lukla Airport in Nepal. But not all the visitors know that this airport
is one of the world’s trickiest. Pilots find it extremely difficult to land
there because the airport is nestled between high mountains. On top of that, it has a terrifyingly short
runway. And since the terminal building itself has
no lights or electric power, it’s impossible to land there if the conditions aren’t perfect. – Another airport that will chill your blood
is also situated in the mountains. It’s Toncontin Airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Due to a short approach and difficult terrain,
planes must make a lightning-fast 45-degree bank turn during the descent. After this, aircraft must drop in altitude
immediately; otherwise, they might scrape the hills right underneath. – There are only 8 pilots in the world who
are qualified to land at Paro Airport in Bhutan, Himalayan Mountains. The runway of the airport is a mere 6,500
ft long and is surrounded by 18,000 ft-tall peaks. Planes have to make an extremely quick descent
to approach the airstrip safely, hence the airport’s high ranking among the most dangerous
airports of the world. – Landing at the airport on the Portuguese
island, Madeira, remains one of the most treacherous feats in aviation, even after its runway was
renovated. The thing is that the landing strip of this
airport is located right on the shore of the ocean, between steep cliffs. Originally, the runway was only 5,250 ft. After being extended several times, the airstrip
of Madeira Airport is now 9,124 ft, but it’s not your usual runway. Because of the lack of space, engineers suggested
building a series of runway platforms on an artificial island. It was constructed right in the ocean, with
180 columns holding it up. – The runway of Narsarsuaq Airport, in Greenland,
is constantly covered with ice. On top of that, the airstrip itself is only
about 6,000 ft long. But that’s not all! The weather in that region is always stormy,
which creates severe turbulence and adds to low visibility. Violent winds hit the plane, and this, along
with the icy airstrip, can easily direct the aircraft off course. What’s more, there’s an active volcano nearby. It often erupts, sending clouds of perilous
ash in the air. If it gets inside the engines, it can destroy
them, which could lead to a crash. No wonder both airplane crews and passengers
dread landing at this airport. Whew, sounds like fun, huh? – There are no mountains around Gibraltar
International Airport; the runway isn’t that short; and, in general, it’s not particularly
hard for a plane to land there. But there is one feature which sets this airport
apart and makes it totally unique: the main street of that area, Winston Churchill Avenue,
intersects the runway! That’s why the road must be closed every time
a plane is going to land or take off. Of course, there’s a stoplight on the road
that informs cars when it’s time to stop, but still, there’ve been several close calls
during the airport’s history. I wonder if there’s a stoplight for the
planes too? – If you ever go to St. Maarten Island in
the Caribbean, you’re likely to be completely smitten with its Princess Juliana Airport. It’s one of the most famous airports in the
world, thanks to a public beach located right before the runway! However, landing aircraft create deafening
noise and powerful gusts of wind which blow sand toward beachgoers. But that’s not what pilots have to worry about. Cockpit crews have another problem on their
hands: being just 7,150 ft long, the airstrip is too short for large aircraft to feel comfortable
while landing. Normally, they require at least 8,200 ft. So they just, what, throw out an anchor to
stop? I’d pay to see that. Hey, if you learned something new today, then
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stay on the Bright Side of life!

100 thoughts on “Why Planes Don’t Fly Over Himalayas”

  1. HaHaHa … what a crock! … Is he just making this stuff up? The information presented here is just plain wrong.
    (Airlines CAN fly over the Himalayan range… and occasionally DO.)

  2. If you want to see the Himalayas from flight take the flight from Delhi to Guwahati or Delhi to Paro or Delhi to Siliguri

  3. I don't know what to say except the video is not true… planes to fly over the Himalayas and there are tons of YouTube videos showing commercial airliners flying over the Himalayas.

  4. I understand the logic. But, planes to fly over Himalayas and can see Everest when you take a flight from Nepal to Paro, Bhutan.

  5. Planes do fly over the himalayas, and you can see mt Everest from a plane. Watch Sam Chui's video where he flies to Paro on Bhutan Airlines. Seriously bright side do some research.

  6. But we have regular schedules flights from kathmandu to lasha, chengdu and xian crossing the Himalayas via Airbus 319.

  7. I am not sure this is true. I flew from Tashkent to, I think it was Kuala Lumpur, and had a once in a lifetime crystal clear view of the Pamir Knot and the high Himalayan peaks.

  8. No, this brings me back to when I was 18. No, I felt really sick and had to cough into the throw up bag.
    I don't want the same thing happening again.

  9. I guess bright side is faking here I am a Nepalese and our country has only so many flights over the Himalayas. we have about a 100 flights everyday . and nothing like decompression happens
    me myself have taken about 10 flights over the Himalayas
    bright side don't try to fool people thinking they don't know anything

  10. Himalayas has many ranges varying by height, the Lesser or inner Himalayas are crossed many times, in fact there half a dozen airports in India which will need you to fly over the lower Himalayan ranges to get there, it is same as crossing Alps (12,000-14,000 ft max peaks) , the greater Himalayan ranges towering over 20,000 – 25,000 ft are very dangerous to cross and avoided by commercial flights but not that it is impossible.Indian airforce jets fly frequently ..

  11. air china, china eastern are two companies i know who fly over everest. en route Lasha – kathmandu, Kunming-kathmandu. ive flown in both flights. i also have pictures of everest. the captain also announces when approaching Everest.

  12. On Madeira it´s the other way around. On the sea side first comes ist the airport building, than the taxiways and than the landingstrip and than the mountain. And due to strong winds, my departure was delayed one day. Still… a dream of an island!

  13. This is a fake video . message pretty misleading.These are some flights which go above himalayas an air china flight from kunming to kathmandu or vice versa, a flight from kathmandu to lhasa also goes over the mountains.I even got the chance to see everest in one of the above mentioned trips.
    -a regular flyer

  14. Correction to be made, lukla airport there is no electric power and no lights, its false. They do have electric power and lights there. Are you reading wikipedia or dont know where do you get all these informations :p…. and mount everest height is 8848 meters.

  15. Air route B346 crosses the Himalayan Ranges just west of Kangchenjunga, which is the 3rd highest mountain on Earth…. Planning a flight would require mitigation [eg fitting extra O2] of some of the restrictions you mentioned. Airport limitations: a bit more disinformation…. Kathmandu airport is actually available for emergency diversion, both RNav and VOR/DME instrument approaches. Toncontin: 45 degree bank angle? erm, No!

  16. Hello Mine sister from Holland was going tho Nepal for heer school for 7 weeks i missed her shes dont flying over the Himalaya

  17. Planes do fly over the himalayas… even pretty close to Everest! In 2016 I flew from Lhasa to Kathmandu with a chinese Airline. We saw Everest looking out of the clouds. And the flight was pretty calm.

  18. Bhutan Air Lines Flies over Himalaya between Kathmandu and Paro. You can search video of Mr Sam Chui. In one video Mount Everest can be seen from aircraft.

  19. Landing in Bella Coola In British Columbia is A bit of A buzz. Its A deep valley, not sure how high the mountains are, but they are significant. So you approach flying in between two peaks that seem really close on either side, then hard bank to align with the runway, then drop fast as the valley is not that long.

  20. Is there a "Why planes don't fly over Iran" episode planned? Probably not much point on all counts, including this garbage.

  21. People still struggle to find the meaning of life, as if humanity didn’t know Socrates, Christ, Rousseau, Kant, Schopenhauer…

  22. I'm not even going to watch this. I have flown over the Himalayas on a commercial flight and seen Everest from just a few thousand feet below. The pilot pointedly pointed it out. Yes, it was close but we were well above it. Magnificent to see. OK, to concede a point, we did not fly exactly over Everest (duh, I could see it out the window) but for as close as we got, it might as well have been. Whatever this person thinks they are saying, they are totally uninformed.

  23. How about the daily flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa? They fly over the Himalayan range and not too far from Mt. Everest.

  24. I am from Lucknow and i occasionally monitor airplane movements and their routes and i see that planes going to Nepal go over Lucknow and avoid Himalayas as much as possible

  25. I had flown over the Andes between Rio and Santiago a couple of times and the bumpy ride feels so inevitable at the very start that one gets used to it in no time.

  26. worst turbulence ever from munich to sheremetyevo on S7 airline, free fall few times, screaming all over crazy pilots, crazy people

  27. Why do they try to decrease take-off (and landing) distance to as short as possible, although the runway is always much longer for them to take off (and landing) comfortably?

  28. Flying over mountains in Alaska in a sea plane, like riding a roller coaster. We had hearing protection with speakers playing music when the pilot wasn't talking. We heard most of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

  29. This video is NOT ACCURATE and gives some false information. All you got to do is type 'Bhutan dangerous airport Approach' on YouTube and you'll see the planes going over the Himalayas.

  30. I have flown over the Himalayas on a flight from Leh to New Delhi. Leh is the capital of Ladakh in India and it's between Himalayas and Karakoram. There are regular flights over the Himalayas on this route

  31. Prediction before watching: Inability to get down quickly to 10,000 feet in the event of a depressurization.

    After watching: Ah.

    (Aviation enthusiast, lolol)

  32. Isn’t Everest 30 000 feet or something like that, plane cruising altitude is 33 000 so I guess it because the mountain is as high as the cruising altitude

  33. i remember as a child, back in 1979, we were travelling to India and we actually did fly over the himalayas.. i remember the pilot pointing out to us that just down to the left of the aircraft was Mt Everest… luckily, i was sitting in a window seat on the left side of the plane. so i actually got to see the mountain… of course, this was 1979. am sure the rules have changed since then….

  34. The actual reason is that the northern part of Himalaya forms the edge of "a total no-go" Chinese region for foreigners. So unless u are accompanied by two Chinese in black, they will shoot u down.

  35. I have traveled several times from kathmandu to Chengdu through mounteverest. I only felt difficult and frightening when we had Transit at lash airport due to shaking landing and take of at lasha….but view of mounteverest and other himalya is so beautiful…. So from my experience i suggest that you must travel through himalya but avoid Lasha Transit…

  36. very WRONG!! Kathmandu Airport can accomodate jet planes.. infact there are tons of in flights like Qatar Airlines, Etihad, Thai and all.. Please do you research first!!!!! @brightside

  37. There are 10_15 flights from Nepal to China who fly over the Himalayan…. and we have so many flights to lukla so its not great message… no bright side here

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