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La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Surrounding mountains, a high altitude, and a steep drop at the end of the runway make flying into La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City a fun ride, even from a pilot's point of view. According to Smith, "Passengers find [landing here] startling because you weave your way through a series of volcanoes," including the active Pacaya Volcano that recently caused the airport to close, before flying low over the city and approaching a runway situated at the edge of a valley. But despite the unusual landing, Smith notes that based on weight and weather, the types of aircraft that can attempt a landing must be guaranteed to stop within a certain amount of time.
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