Air Mediterranée Airbus Runway Overrun

Saturday, March 30, 2013
By George Hatcher

On March 29, 3013, an Air Mediterranée Airbus A321-111 en route from Agadir-Al Massira International Airport to Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport ran off the runway on landing at Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport.

The flight from Dakar had a stopover in Agadir.

The plane was mired in soft ground. Firefighters assisted the passengers out one by one on waterlogged ground. Passengers were ported to the terminal by bus.

According to witnesses, the crew was Greek, and had little English and little French.

Machine translation of the incident from the beginning:
“The stop in Agadir was not provided. We said we had to refuel because of the weather. Upon landing, there were warning signs: the plane was a little unusual zig-zag before stopping. We left about 20 minutes later. In Lyon, the aircraft flew over the track for a long time, very close to the ground, without asking. Then we felt the brakes, we went left, then right, straight into a field, probably over a hundred meters. We then felt burnt and we were afraid that it caught fire.”

182 people were aboard. No injuries were reported.

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