Photo Credit: Twitter: @ErinGC2002

One of the most popular places in the world for aviation geeks (or avgeeks) to marvel at planes taking off and landing is Maho Beach in Sint Maarten. See video below.

Well, this week, I learned of a new airport that might have Maho Beach beat. Skiathos Alexandros Papadiamantis Airport (JSI) on the island of Skiathos in Greece is front and center in the latest avgeek viral video.

Twitter user @ErinGC2002 tweeted: “Wizz A321 with a very low landing in Skiathos! ✈️ #skiathos #planespotting #Airbus.”

And they weren’t kidding. Is this video not insane? According to Wikipedia, the JSI runway is 5,341-feet long (1,628 meters) so it’s able to accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 767-200. However, “the runway is characterised as ‘short and narrow’.”

That explains why the pilots made such a low landing as they would need to make sure they have plenty of runway to slowly hit the brakes for a smooth arrival.

Since I have no plans to fly to the Caribbean or Greece anytime soon, I’ll just settle for the plane spotting a few miles down the road from me at LAX’s In-N-Out. It’s nowhere near as insane as the others but still, extremely cool.


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