An Azul Linhas Aéreas Embraer E195-E2 suffered from a runway excursion at Salvador Airport in Brazil, in the late morning (local time) of May 10, 2023.
The aircraft involved in the runway incident it was registered PS-AED, a 3-year-old aircraft which has been operated by Azul since it was delivered in February 2020.
The aircraft took off on a scheduled flight as AD4372 from Viracopos Airport 1 hour and 35 minutes earlier and landed on the shortest available runway of Salvador Airport (SBSV), which is 1518 meters or 4980 feet long. The other runway being twice as long at 3003 meters or 9852 feet.
The conditions at Salvador Airport were less than desirable, as is shown in pictures of the incident site. According to the reports, the weather conditions showed that it had been raining and the runway had been wet.
Azul made a statement on the situation saying, “the aircraft making flight AD4372 that departed from Viracopos, in Campinas, bound for Salvador, exceeded the runway limits upon landing.”
“After the incident, all customers and crew disembarked normally, safely. The company regrets any inconvenience caused and is providing all necessary assistance”.
From the pictures, it is uncertain whether the aircraft suffered major structural damage. This accident would also mark the first operational incident suffered by any Embraer E2 series aircraft.
There were no reported casualties or injuries on board the aircraft.
Images posted to Twitter by user @PauloN199 show the Embraer’s two main wheel assemblies have sunk firmly in the mud, with one of the main wheel assemblies being completely submerged up to the extended main gear door.
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