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Dramatic video shows plane skidding across icy runway and onto muddy grass

This is the moment a passenger jet carrying 179 passengers pulled off a terrifying landing on a muddy runway after touching down on ice in Lithuania. Startling video showed a massive Airbus A320 careering across the tarmac after making a daring landing at Vilnius airport after a two hour journey from the Italian city of Bergamo on Saturday. The jet, owned by Lithuanian company Avion Express, tried desperately to steady itself as an explosion of mud and water buffeted the plane, forcing birds to scatter in filmlike drama.


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Dramatic video captured a plane with 185 people onboard skidding across an icy runway and onto muddy grass before veering back on track.

The Avion Express Airbus A320-200 was landing at Vilnius Airport in Lithuania after a flight from Italy on Saturday when it performed what is known as a “runway excursion,” The Aviation Herald reported.

Flight X9-8242, carrying 179 passengers and six crew members, veered off the runway onto soft ground, skidding across a turnoff. It finally returned to the runway centerline, where it was seen covered in mud.

The crazy footage of the incident was shared on X by @AFlyGuyTravels, which posts content about the aviation industry. VASAviation also posted the exchange between the air-traffic controller and the pilot.

“I saw you veer off the runway,” the controller tells him in Lithuanian.

“Really, indeed,” the pilot replies, somewhat sarcastically, after not first advising the tower about the mishap.

No one was injured during the incident and the plane proceeded to the parking area, where the passengers disembarked.

The airport was forced to suspend all operations for several hours, according to reports.


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