A passenger plane operating a charter flight from Milan Bergamo Airport to Vilnius in Lithuania skidded off the runway after landing on Saturday afternoon, veered through a muddy field, before turning back onto the runway and then taxied to the terminal as if nothing had happened.
The Avion Express-operated Airbus A320 aircraft had 179 passengers and six crew members onboard, and although the aircraft may have been slightly damaged, there were thankfully no reports of any injuries.
A dramatic video of the landing shows the nine-year-old aircraft veering off the runway, spraying mud and dirt over the otherwise all-white plane. After coming to a full stop, however, the pilots then decide to taxi back onto the runway and bring the plane to the airport terminal.
Vilnius Airport was forced to suspend all operations for several hours on Saturday afternoon after Avion Express flight 8242 landed from Milan at around 2 pm.
Avion Express is a Lithuania-based charter airline which also operates so-called ‘wet lease’ flights on behalf of other well-known carriers, including the likes of British Airways and Eurowings.
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