Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Having lived for several years in San Diego, I thought I was used to seeing incoming planes flying a bit low over traffic.

But this footage from near the airport at Toncontin, Honduras, definitely has San Diego beat:

7 Responses to Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

  1. Todd S. July 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    So the street light is actually for an aircraft crossing. Frightening.

  2. Lee July 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    I wonder what happens when the plane gets the red light.

    • Roderick July 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

      It stops, of course. The laws of Honduras take precedence over the laws of physics.

  3. Brandon July 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    It’s highly questionable whether one of the runways at this airport should be built so close to traffic. Landings don’t always go as planned. Sometimes a runway will be under or overshot and the plane must circle around and make another try, especially in bad weather. This is asking for trouble.

    • Roderick July 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

      Although San Diego is less extreme, I’ve certainly had that thought there. (Luckily, though, there is never bad weather in San Diego!)

      • Roderick July 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

        Here’s a sample of San Diego — though one afternoon wandering around in the hills above Lindbergh Field I once found a spot there where they come even closer than the spot where this video was shot. It was a little house, at the highest point in the area, where planes were zooming over, incredibly close, every two minutes. Now that would be good place to shoot a video. Admittedly still not in Toncontin’s league, though.

  4. Jay July 6, 2011 at 5:26 am #

    The biker is a bad ass.

    “No low flying plane is gonna stop me now. Oh no. I got to keep on moving!”

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