Potentially Tragic Incident Narrowly Avoided at Split Airport Last Week

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Split Airport is usually busy with people coming and going from all over Europe throughout the warm summer months, with regular traffic continuing but on a smaller scale during the off season, with little to no incidents of concern to speak of. That changed last week when a horrible accident was only very narrowly avoided, and which only became known on Friday.

Namely, last Saturday, just a few days ago, at 12:35, a serious accident occurred on an Airbus 320 NEO aircraft, operated by SAS, which was completing a regular flight from Bergen to Split Airport.

During the craft’s routine landing at Resnik, the aircraft touched the runway with the rear lower part of the fuselage, and the plane unfortunately ended up becoming quite damaged in the process, the Agency for Investigation of Accidents in Air, Maritime and Railway Traffic announced, which was informed about the event by the aircraft operator. 

The initial news of this incident which could have been much, much worse than it was was first published by Portal grada Kastela, according to a report on the topic by Slobodna Dalmacija.

An investigation into precisely what occurred with the aircraft and its management on Split Airport’s otherwise busy and problem-free runway is ongoing, and once completed, the final results will be published on the aforementioned Agency’s website.

As is currently unofficially known, if the plane’s inclination was only a few degrees higher at the time of the mishap, a much larger scale catastrophe could have occurred, endangering human life quite seriously.

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