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Desc:Super close sub-glide slope landing at Skiathos, Greece. Has a plane-spotter ever been crushed?
Category:Nature & Places, Stunts
Tags:greece, airplane, landing, 737, Skiathos
Submitted:sasazuka
Date:01/23/14
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The Mothership
Coming in hot, bitches, duck.
sasazuka
I know it's probably a bit of an optical illusion because of the angle, but it honestly does look that the undercarriage only clears the signs at the end of the runway by a metre or so. If there had been a tailstrike, the guys on the car would have been killed. Also, that plane seems to touch down on the threshold, before the official start of the runway

Skiathos seems to be more ridiculous than even St. Maarten. At St. Maarten, the planes get low over the beach, but St. Maarten still has a proper fence at the end of the runway. Skiathos has planes coming in so low, it would seem they can't even put up a fence; there's just a guardrail and a string of barbed wire separating the road from the field.

Skiathos seems like a place I want to visit. I'd love to go to an "airport beach" but the problem with St. Maarten is that is seems that there's not much else to do there besides sit on the beach, and I'm just not interested in beach vacations other than "jet blast beaches", while Skiathos is in Greece, which has plenty of other points of interest.
RockBolt
Yeah, this was a pretty short landing. Happens more often than you'd think though, my dad was an airport firefighter at Denver International and there was a few times guys landed so short they clip the lights off the beginning part of the runway (and this was in Denver, home of the waaaay too long runways, one of which could technically handle a space shuttle landing). What's worse if they didn't jack up their tires and end up being disabled they usually wouldn't mention it to the tower till the next plane taxis around and freaks out over all the debris all over the runway. Another common asshole pilot thing is they'd land so hard panels on the tail area of the plane would drop off, and silently left for the next guy to find.

infinite zest
What's the deal with letting civilians be so close to landing strips? Given that any person who's FLYING has to go through some form of TSA (which is a lot stricter in other countries than it is in the US) it seems like someone who can potentially be feet from the plane could do something like shoot a raygun out of a James Bond movie to fuck up the navigation system or something.
infinite zest
Also that better be a fucking mirage at the end of that landing strip, or I'm walking to Skiathos

sasazuka
Looking at the runway on Google Maps, it would seem like they didn't have a lot of wiggle room where to put the runway on the island, so, no matter where it went, it would be close to people, and this end of the runway is right next to a road that connects to another part of the island via an isthmus, so they couldn't just close the road.

http://goo.gl/maps/4Qwbc

If it was a richer area, they'd probably have built a tunnel so that there wouldn't be unfettered access to the runway via simply stepping over the barbed wire, but they probably couldn't afford to do that.

sasazuka
Land is so tight, there's not even a taxiway, all planes have to turn around after landing or before taking off and use the runway as a taxiway.

RockBolt
There's really not much you can do to a plane 1 second before it lands, and you're not as close at it looks (most of the time, this guy landed really short). Anything that really could do damage, like a big rifle or a stinger or something would probably be harder to use at this range than anything. Throwing a rock at a plane won't do much probably except get you arrested and charged with any number of felonies, and also terrorism.

I imagine in places like this where the runway takes up as much length as possible there is probably no remaining place for a public road or thoroughfare except right on the end like this, otherwise the island would be bisected and you couldn't access one side from the other, so there's not much choice in a select few places. Even then, though, a lot of airports have plane watching areas and broadcast tower radio so you can pick it up in your car.

memedumpster
One day, a LARPer with a nodachi will change the way we see air travel forever by embedding a sword in his own forehead trying to cut an airplane in half.

Jet Bin Fever
Where's Guitar Wolf when you need him? He would've sliced that airplane right in half!
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