Enquiry into near-miss landing at Alicante-Elche airport
The tail of a Jet2 plane struck the runway before landing at Alicante
A national government enquiry is to be opened into an incident at Alicante-Elche airport on 10th April, when the tail of a Jet2 plane arriving from Leeds Bradford made contact with the tarmac of the runway.
Fortunately no significant damage was done, and no injuries were sustained by any of the 238 passengers on board at the time, but both they and the 8 crew suffered a shock which will live on in their memories.
The incident occurred at 10.38 on the Monday in question, when the rear fuselage section of the B757-200 aircraft scraped the tarmac before the landing was completed safely, and the Ministry of Development has decided to investigate despite the fact that there was no damage to the plane and it undertook its return flight to the north of England without delays. Incidents such as these are not normal but are far from unheard of, and the most likely explanation is thought to be a miscalculation on the part of the pilot.