Heart-stopping footage shows aircraft making 'lowest ever' landing at infamous Skiathos Island airport
SKIATHOS, GREECE: The beachgoers of Skiathos Island witnessed an incredible moment as the Airbus A321neo was approaching landing. Initially, it appears the plane will make a normal landing, however, things take an unexpected turn when the plane comes too close to the sea. In footage shared online, a WizzAir plane is seen flying over the isle’s crystal blue waters as it approaches Skiathos Alexandros Papadiamantis Airport in preparation for landing.
The plane which approached the ground low, barely cleared the perimeter fence before touching down at the airport. The noise from the jet engines drowned the gasps of the aviation buffs on the ground as the plane flew over their heads.
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According to a report by The Sun, Dust from the road is kicked up as the plane approached the ground and many tourists pushed themselves into the water upon seeing the plane. As per the report, a YouTube channel called GreatFlyer asked the followers whether the landing was the “lowest ever” at the airport. "How many of the spectators do you think needed new pants?" one person asked in the video.
When one of the commentators explained why pilots sometimes try to stop their planes as swiftly as possible. He then explained, "Before jumping to a conclusion, let's just say we don't know why the plane ended up so scarily low on a fairly routine approach but I doubt it was "intentional" "showing off"," he said. However, the people standing there were definitely standing there intentionally despite warning signs and traffic lights. "You cannot get injured if you're not standing there. Glad to see the plane eventually touched down without any damage." added the commentator.
Another commentator told, The Mirror "Low-cost airlines operate with short turnaround times, if you overheat the brakes you mess up the schedule of the plane. Another hit back on suggestions the pilot had been playing up to the crowd of people who had gathered at the beach," added the commentator. The runway of Skiathos Island in Greece is comparatively shorter than most regular runways. It is due to the geographical condition of the Island. This is an indication that pilots have to approach lower than they would do for longer runways. However, the Island still remains a favorite spot for many aviation and tourist buffs.
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