Plane Spins 180 Degrees As It Lands on Snow and Ice in Finland
Passengers on board a Scandinavian Airlines flight from Stockholm, Sweden to Turku, Finland were given quite the scare upon landing on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
According to reports, the plane landed on Turku's runway, which was covered in snow, at around 5:30 p.m. local time. When it touched down, the plane bounced several times as it skidded down the runway. Finally the plane slowed down, but not before it spun around nearly 180 degrees before coming to a stop at the end of the runway.
As the Aviation Herald reported, the crew immediately declared an emergency. Airport emergency services then responded and checked the aircraft before it was taxied to the airport, where passengers could disembark.
According to the Aviation Herald, none of the 88 passengers or four crew members onboard were injured in the freak landing. The plane also did not sustain any damage and was able to taxi to the runway using its own power. Finland has opened an investigation into the incident, however, the snowy and icy conditions of the runway were the likely culprit of this accident, which could have resulted in a far worse outcome for those onboard.
This isn’t the first time a Scandinavian Airlines flight has had an issue on Turku’s runways. According to Finland’s Safety Investigation Authority, another Scandinavian Airlines flight ran off the runway at the airport in 1997. That incident, according to the authority’s report, was also due to weather and human error. None of the passengers or crew on that flight were injured.
And it looks like the poor landing conditions will continue in the Finnish city: Turku is expected to have more icey rain on the way as temperatures there are hovering around the freezing mark for the foreseeable future.