Unbelievable footage shows commercial plane executing high-stakes landing just over tourists’ heads

  • This incredible video shows a commercial plane executing an unbelievably high-stakes landing
  • It seems to skim over the heads of onlookers
  • And the footage of the Embraer ERJ-190 will have you ducking for cover

Published on Mar 22, 2024 at 12:03 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Mar 22, 2024 at 4:36 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

This incredible video of a commercial plane completing a high-stakes landing over the heads of tourists will have you ducking for cover.

It’s a slim margin of error for the Embraer ERJ-190, which was executing the unbelievably low maneuver on the island of Skiathos, Greece.

The breathtaking video was posted by SloMoSpotter.

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The plane seems to almost come within touching distance of the amazed tourists standing below but lands safely on the runway just a few meters away beyond the fence.

But this isn’t necessarily an unusual occurrence on the Greek island.

Skiathos Airport has a runway that’s just 1,628 m (5,341 ft) long.

The geography of the island means pilots have to approach much lower than is usual at other airports.

These are generally 2,400m (7,874ft) and 3,900m (12,795.28ft) long.

So, you can see why the plane has to get down a lot quicker than usual when landing here.

That means almost giving some of the gathered plane spotters a pretty severe haircut.

As if this runway weren’t tricky enough, this remarkable bird’s eye view shows the F-18 catapulting from an aircraft carrier – and the small amount of space needed to get airborne is incredible.

People were also shocked after watching a video of another high-stakes landing on the world’s shortest runway overlooking a cliff.

And if you’re interested in seeing another commercial plane perform an incredible feat, this retiring Airbus A380 pilot performed a breathtaking maneuver on his final flight full of passengers.


Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.