West Air Sweden Slippery Arctic Landing

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
By George Hatcher

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Contact photographer Jorgen Syversen

What: West Air Sweden Canadair CRJ-200 on mail flight from Tromso to Longyearbyen
Where: Longyearbyen Svalbard Airport, Norway
When: Jan 25th 2010
Who: 2 crew
Why: On landing, the plane had a runway excursion.

Adjudged to be due to poor braking conditions on the runway, the flight came to rest at angles with the runway and entirely off the paved surface of the narrow (45 meter) runway. Weather has been around zero degrees.

Longyearbyen Svalbard is an Arctic village in an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean north of Europe, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. There aren’t many places more isolated.

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