The island of St. Helena consists of an isolated mountain peak 8 miles long and 5 miles wide. It juts up from the South Atlantic, roughly 1,000 miles west of Namibia and 2,000 miles east of Brazil, and the terrain is all up and down. An airport had never been built because there is no naturally level space long enough for a runway and creating one would be expensive. Eventually, the British government, of which St. Helena is a dependency, came up with the more than $300 million cost, and a runway and airport were completed in 2015. However, inexplicably and incredibly, it was built in the wrong place: on the edge of cliffs on the southeast corner of the island, exposed to almost constant trade winds. Any sailor, pilot or meteorologist would know that when those trade winds hit the cliffs, they’d be deflected upward and increase in speed. A meteorological report presented before construction began said as much, but the runway was built on the edge of the cliffs anyway. There is so much turbulence, planes cannot safely land and take off, and none do. I read that politicians say the “problem” will be fixed. How they plan to fix trade winds and cliffs I do not know.