Amsterdam Airport flying over Unesco World Heritage: "Don't worry: only in the most extreme weather conditions"
oh, yeah, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport are only allowed to fly 1 to 2% of all flights over Amsterdam's historic medieval center and the oldest parts of the Unesco World Heritage Canals district, yeah, including the Anne Frank House Museum.
But there are almost half a million flights per year at Schiphol! So, that means 5000 to 10 thousand flights right over Amsterdam World Heritage! In their own words Schiphol says they only use the ("secret", old, in fact 6th) short runway Oostbaan "during the most extreme weather conditions and south-western storms, if no alternative runways are safe enough".
As if that is making me feel more comfortable! And during those days every 60 seconds a plane flies over with worse sounds than in the clip above, especially the older and larger planes including boeings 747! (The last planes take a little turn when arriving at the airport and land on the longer runway Kaagbaan. So that proves alternative solutions are available!) And they try to fly under the clouds for safety reasons... at 200 meters or 600 feet! Yeah, the plane's safety! And even then you sometimes can't see the plane coming over...
Other airports just close if the weather is too dangerous! But here... No, we sailed the whole world, we know what storms are... Don't worry... We just fly over what is probably the most burnable historic city center in Europe. Just look at the devastation of the complete historic center because of the firestorm following the relatively small bombardment of Rotterdam during WWII.
If you have ever watched Air Crash Investigation on National Geographic Channel, you learn that 90% of all accidents occur because of pilot errors, bad sight and loss of situational awareness, especially during landings, because of: stress, fatigue after a long flight, busy air traffic (even busier since other airports shut down), slots, economic pressure on pilots, bad weather, darkness, fog, rain, hail, storm, sudden gusts of wind, microbursts, you name it, and you will find an episode on Air Crash Investigation dealing with that issue.