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Chaotic day at MAD

Chaotic day at MAD

  1. Ben Holz

    Interesting day at MAD to say the least.

    At about 1pm local time a drone was spotted nearby the airport, which led to a partial closure of the airport and pretty much MAD’s entire airspace. For about an hour and a half no plane was allowed to take off and very few were granted landing permission. According to Spanish airport operator AENA, 26 flights had to be rerouted away from MAD.

    At around 2:30pm, following the return to normal operations, an AC 767 departed en route to YYZ, but upon takeoff a tyre broke and some Spanish media outlets reported that debris from the ruptured tyre caused engine damage (to the point the airplane could only operate on one engine). According to FlightAware the plane was airborne for about 4 and a half hours (escorted by fighter jets at some points) in order to lighten the aircraft and managed to land safely at 7:15 pm.

    For those of you who want more info:
    [URL]https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-airport-madrid/madrids-barajas-airport-reopens-for-traffic-after-drone-sighting-idUSKBN1ZX1NQ[/URL]
    [URL]https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/03/europe/air-canada-plane-spain-intl/index.html[/URL]

    P.S glad I wasn’t flying through MAD today lol

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