What is a Table Top Runway?

A tabletop runway is a runway that is located on the top of a plateau or hill with one or both ends adjacent to a steep precipice which drops into a deep gorge. This type of runway creates an optical illusion which requires a very precise approach by the pilot.
Airports that are in mountainous regions sometimes have tabletop runways. These runways are engineering marvels, dangerous, and sometimes lead to tragedy.

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