Delta Air Lines plane hits runway lighting on landing at Schiphol

A Delta AirLines Airbus at Schiphol. Photo:
A Delta Air Lines Airbus at Schiphol. Photo:

A Delta Air Lines plane missed the runway at Amsterdam Schiphol airport while landing in strong winds early on Thursday morning, stopping short of the tarmac, the Dutch safety board has said.

The OVV is now carrying out an investigation into what went wrong.

A Schiphol spokesman said that the rear of the Airbus A330-300 touched down just before the hard surface of the Oostbaan, putting the runway out of action for several hours while repairs to the track lighting were carried out. The incident also led to some flights being delayed.

The plane, which had come from Detroit, was able to taxi to the gate where the passengers disembarked.

However, its following flight, to Boston, was first delayed and later cancelled. Passengers told Dutch News they have been at the airport for hours without being given any information about new flights or overnight accommodation.

The Oostbaan runway is Schiphol’s shortest and is not in action on a daily basis. It is, however, used during strong winds.

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