Popular runway picture hiding huge risk

Hair-raising video of a plane making a super low landing at Skiathos Airport has revealed just how dangerous taking plane selfies can be.

The new footage shows a British Airways aircraft coming into land at the Greek airport just metres from spectators.

Time to stow those tray tables. Picture: CargospotterSource:YouTube

As the aircraft, an Embraer E190, whizzes past hoards of people with cameras, many are forced to duck for cover.

A couple is even “pushed off” the ledge they are on by the power of the jet blast.

The airport has been dubbed the European St Maarten after the airport in the Caribbean famous for its low landings.

The low landings are popular with plane spotters and tourists, with up to 100 people surrounding the runway on a busy day, and it’s considered one of the island’s main tourist attractions.

The plane was captured just seconds before landing at Skiathos Airport. Picture: CargospotterSource:YouTube

But according to keen plane spotters, the flight, filmed just over a week ago, was coming in particularly low.

Cargospotter said: “Low landings and jet blasts can be observed on a daily basis, and last week we filmed an incredible low British Airways Embraer E190 landing.

“The people who were watching the planes were pushed from the wall by the wake turbulence of the Embraer.”

In most cases, low landings such as these make stunning plane selfies — but it can go horribly wrong.

In 2018, a British schoolboy was sent flying almost 10 metres through the air while watching planes takeoff on the Greek island.

And in 2017, a tourist died after the jet engine blast from a plane blew her onto rocks at the infamous St Maarten Airport.

The plane landings are one of the island’s main attractions. Picture: CargospotterSource:YouTube

St Maarten and Skiathos airports aren’t the only hot spots for tourists hoping to take a plane selfie.

There are also airports in Thailand and Cyprus that are popular because of the low-landing planes.

However, tourists hoping to capture the perfect plane selfie will need to make sure they don’t break any local laws.

Warning signs do little to deter the plane spotters. Picture: AlamaySource:Alamy

This story was originally published on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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