PLANE-SPOTTING may not be the most exciting of hobbies, but it is possible to do so in some locations around the globe.
After footage went viral this week of a plane coming in to land very low in Skiathos, we looked at some airports where planes fly narrowly overhead before hitting the tarmac.
Skiathos Alexandros Papadiamantis Airport
Greek islanders and holidaymakers who had gathered on the beach to watch jets got a scare when a Wizz Air flight came in to land on Skiathos.
As it made its descent into the airport, the aircraft almost missed the beachgoers.
Skiathos Airport is a small island with a very short runway. Pilots are required to approach at a lower level than for long runways.
It is the perfect spot for plane watchers, as they can get a close-up view of the jets.
International Airport St Maarten Princess Juliana
The Dutch Caribbean island is home to one of the most terrifying approaches for pilots in the world.
It was so common that people were blasted with the engines of landing jumbo planes.
But, 2016 saw the end of larger planes and the introduction of smaller planes that carry nearly half as many passengers. The hair-raising scenes where Boeing 747s swam the beach before landing are now a thing of the passé.
Phuket International Airport
Many tourists flock to Mai Khao beach, Thailand, because of the stunning selfies.
Thanks to low-flying planes landing at Phuket Airport, the beach has been popular over the years.
A busy airport with more than 100,000 flights per annum is also very popular among plane spotters because of its photo opportunities.
Lanzarote Arrecife airport
Similar to Phuket, St Maarten, and Skiathos planes must fly low over Lanzarote’s beach before landing at the airport. It is located right next to the beach.
Canary Islands airport is a popular destination for aviation enthusiasts. The runway is slightly longer than others so there are rare scenes of planes flying narrowly over people.
These airports boast some of the most stunning landing views in the entire world.
Amazing footage shows planes landing in the Himalayan airport of Lukla.