Tabletop runway

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A tabletop runway is a runway that is located on the top of a plateau with either end stopping abruptly and dropping into deep gorges.[1][2] These types of runways create an optical illusion that requires a very precise approach from the pilot.[3]



A large section of Indian media blamed the table-top runway at Mangalore Airport to be a causative factor for the Mangalore Air crash on May 22, 2010.

The aircraft overshot the runway threshold touchdown area, could not stop on the runway, went out of control and rolled down the steep hillside.


  1. ^ "Beauty belies tricky runway". The Telegraph (India). 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  2. ^ "What is a table-top airport?". NDTV. 2010-05-23. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  3. ^ "Tabletop runways create an optical illusion". The Hindu. 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2010-05-23.