Jet2 flight scrapes tail landing in Funchal crosswinds

A flight from Leeds (UK) to Funchal (Madeira) suffered minor damage after the aircraft scraped its tail on the runway while landing in strong crosswinds on the island on Monday.

The Boeing 737-800 was carrying 176 passengers when the incident happened but “no personal injuries were sustained”, according to a Madeira Airport (ANAM) spokesperson. Only minor damage to the aircraft’s tail was registered. The incident happened at around noon on Monday this week (17 February) as the plane was touching down on Funchal’s runway 05 in blustery crosswind conditions, according to aviation website Aviation Herald, which explained: “however the tail of the aircraft contacted the runway surface producing visible sparks. The aircraft rolled out without further incident and taxied to the apron.” Six other flights had to be diverted that day due to the windy conditions at Funchal. The ANAM spokesperson said four planes were diverted to the island of Porto Santo, while another two were diverted to Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

Sourced from The Portugal News


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