St Helena is an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It is so remote that they imprisoned Napoleon I there, confident that he couldn't be rescued. It's also so mountainous that no aeroplane had ever landed there... until this year.
In an effort to make the place economically viable and wean it off UK government subsidies, the British spent £295 million ($A480 million) to carve a flash new airport out of the mountains. Perched on top of a 320 metre cliff, it has a runway able to take A320 / B737 sized aircraft. Except that the engineers and meteorologists got things rather wrong...
After just four flights the airport has been closed. The flights were experimental landings with a small twin prop Beechcraft, a very wobbly landing after three attempts by a B737, a landing by a smaller jet with pilots especially imported from the Faeroe islands where they have the windiest commercial airport in the world, and a medical evacuation flight. However the St Helena airport was deemed to be so badly affected by wind sheer that could flip planes, that after the four landings it was closed and the 4,000 residents continue to rely on a five day journey on an elderly ship to South Africa as their only contact with the outside world.
I guess all they can say to the people that built hotels on St Helena in anticipation of a tourist boom and to unfortunate British taxpayers who had £295 million of their hard earned money wasted is... 'Whoops, we didn't anticipate that'.
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