LAST Monday evening, Ryanair flight 8028 from Stansted to Murcia San Javier, was involved in what could have been a near miss incident.
The already delayed flight was about to touch down when the pilot applied full power and veered upwards from the runway, causing alarm amongst the passengers, with one woman having to be attended to.
The aircraft then circled to prepare for another landing where the passengers were informed by the captain that it was due to ‘traffic on the runway.’ One passenger exclusively spoke to RTN and commented that “after the incident if indeed a vehicle or aircraft had been positioned dangerously on the runway, then urgent questions should be asked.”
Whilst it is still very safe to travel around the world by aircraft, events such as this bring home the vulnerability of passengers who have no control over the activities of others.
It would appear that quick thinking on the part of the pilot averted what could have been a potentially life threatening event.