Austrian Airlines A320 performs high-speed low pass like it’s at an Air Show

  • Check out the footage of this Austrian Airlines A320 performing a high-speed low pass
  • While you might expect it from a fighter jet, it’s not what you’d expect from a passenger plane
  • It manages a groundspeed of over 350 knots

Published on Jun 13, 2024 at 7:12 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Jun 14, 2024 at 2:21 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

Displays of aerial acrobatics are expected for some aircraft, but we didn’t expect a high-speed low pass from this Austrian Airlines A320.

With a ground speed of over 350 knots, the move is more reminiscent of a fighter jet.

And while the airport is infamous for having a difficult approach due to its surrounding terrain, the pilot navigated it with flair.

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Where did the A320 perform the high-speed low pass?

Aircraft OE-LBO performed the high-speed low pass at Innsbruck Airport, Austria – specifically Runway 08.

The Austrian Airlines A320 was actually en route to Antalya – most likely taking lucky holidaygoers for a week or two in the sun.

However, its high-speed low pass went above and beyond what anyone on board or standing watch was expecting.

And it was all caught on camera and posted to YouTube by gigglflyniki.

The plane and trainspotting content creator focuses on vehicles in and around Austria.

And with over 976,000 views, the internet was, for once, pretty impressed.

“That was possibly the maximum allowed speed at that altitude,” read one comment.

“It is so crazy how all of the A320s avionics managed to keep the low pass smooth and steady,” said a second.

Meanwhile a third chimed in: “I love seeing civilian airliners doing air show-type stuff.”

And others agreed.

Other passenger-plane stunts

We have seen similar feats of flying before.

A Boeing 747 was captured on camera ‘saying goodbye’ during takeoff as the pilot performed a breathtaking ‘wing wave’.

Pilots usually wait until 2,000 feet to perform this stunt.

Similarly, a retiring Airbus A380 pilot performed a controversial wing-wave maneuver on his final flight with a plane full of passengers.

Flight LH453, traveling from LAX to Munich, pulled off the breathtaking maneuver just after takeoff.

It was pilot Christian Pokorski’s final flight after a 33-year career.

In another impressive feat, a Giant Boeing 777X took off nearly vertically in Dubai.


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.