Published on August 15, 2022 at 10:00 am
The airport of Skiathos in Greece allows images of landings as close as possible to the end of the runway, also located on the beach.
Saint Martin-Princess Juliana was for a long time the reference in terms of headlanding, but the one of Skiathos-Alexandros Papadiamantis has nothing to envy it - except the presence of large aircraft. The images published on August 5, 2022 by the YouTube channel GreatFlier, showing the Airbus A321neo of the airline low cost Wizz Air arriving from Naples and messing up the hair of some thrill-seekers and viral images. The plane touches the runway very early, its low altitude approach triggering some exclamations - without apparently hurting anyone.
Several serious incidents have already occurred at the end of the runway, separated from the sea by a small road and a few meters of pebbles: last July in particular, the blast of a plane at takeoff had made a woman fall, with a head injury. The access to the area does not seem to be regulated...
For the amateurs, the A321neo of Wizz Air is followed in the video by a Boeing 737-800 in old livery Air Italythe Italian company subsidiary of Qatar Airways which disappeared in 2000. Skiathos normally hosts 25 airlines, all operating single-aisle Airbus, ATR, Boeing or Embraer aircraft.

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August 15, 2022 - 13 h 02 min

Unless I am mistaken, it seems to me that both planes touch the wheels on the parallel white strips materializing the runway threshold.
I thought that the touchdown zone had to be further than the threshold of the track. What is the regulation (if there is one)?
August 15, 2022 - 14 h 18 min

The threshold of the runway (the "combs") is legally crossed at 15 m (50 FT) height... The touchdown is done at the level of the 2 marks at 150m from the threshold. That said, the Skiathos runway is already short with a shifted threshold, in 02, less than 1600 m available in total... Enough for an A321, but nothing too much. Stupidity, as well as error, is human... Too bad for the imprudent, thrill-seekers!
August 15, 2022 - 16 h 43 min

Thank you Justin Fair for the clarification.
Stupidity and error are certainly human*, but unlike error, which is (generally) unwanted, stupidity is "voluntary" and could be avoided with a little common sense.
Obviously, all these people who find nothing better than to stand behind the fence do not think about the danger of the burning blast of the reactors! Not to mention the "pleasure" of inhaling the carcinogenic vapors of burning kerosene...
* I am not implying that the pilots in this case made a mistake by landing too short. I can imagine that they are dealing with the weather and logistic constraints of the runway in use, and they certainly don't have to worry about the safety of the people on the other side of the fence...
August 15, 2022 - 17:52 min

Speaking of "human error", I was thinking of the error for the pilot to arrive a little too low (which was indeed the case here ...) or to react badly to a gust of wind, error always possible, what seems to completely hide the "harebrained" who have fun stupidly ...
August 17, 2022 - 17:20 min

Then it should be up to the authorities to take measures to protect the people on the road before the runway. Putting a fire system or something like that, and prevent people from stopping under the runway axis.
Of course here the plane was too low, they should have passed higher and therefore the safety margins are usually larger.
But the error is human, especially since this approach is relatively complex (very short track associated with non-precision approaches).
A little extra caution wouldn't hurt...
August 21, 2022 - 11 h 26 min

Just respect the sign that warns of the risk of blast....
August 15, 2022 - 14 h 29 min

This is very IMPRESSIVE 😯😱 indeed
August 15, 2022 - 17 h 13 min

with a stool they could see closer!!!!!!!!
August 15, 2022 - 18 h 16 min

with a stepladder, they would take a wheel in the nose and would complain ....
finalement, il n y a pas que dans les avions (voir autre article) qu il y a des tarés mais aussi au bord des pistes.
Et malheureusement j ai bien peur que la population en soit gangrénée…. (je ne citerai pas d exemples , il suffit de regarder certaines tv)
15 août 2022 – 22 h 04 min

Y aura-t-il un gus pour essayer??
15 août 2022 – 18 h 19 min

Ah ouais quand même.
Même moi plutôt du genre “casse cou”, je n’oserais pas m’y risquer ^^
17 août 2022 – 10 h 23 min

Quelles belles vacances… sensations fortes avec gaz kero vaut le coup d’aller a Skiathos.on economise toute l’année pour ça
20 août 2022 – 12 h 16 min

On oublie dans tout cela l’essentiel : cette zone est strictement interdite lors aux piétons.
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