Airbus A320neo went on dirt in Keflavik while vacating the runway 10 after landing. The aircraft is still outside the taxiway, and the ground crew is evacuating passengers and personnel.
The plane with registration G-UJEB was performing an easyJet flight EZY12BV (U28843) from Gatwick, London (ICAO: EGKK) to Keflavik (ICAO: BIKF). At the destination airport, the aircraft made an approach on runway 10 and landed at 10:12UTC on 14.January 2024. After that, the aircraft vacated the runway on the left at taxiway M-1 and then left on M.
This is a new taxiway that was opened on 24.July 2023. As national airport operator Isavia reported back then, “The new taxiway is intended to increase the safety of the runway system by improving the flow of arrivals and departures. This means that airplanes will get off and onto runways earlier, increasing the capacity of the runway system and speeding up aircraft handling”.
According to Flightradar24 data, while the aircraft was taxing on Mike it turned left and went off-road. The plane was stuck in mud and requested assistance from ground services.
According to Flugblogg’s sources in the airport, nobody was harmed during the incident. It is unclear what caused the incident, however, there are icy conditions were observed on the roads across Iceland this morning.
Unfortunately, there is no information regarding surface conditions in METAR for Keflavik today. The weather during the approach was CAVOK with wind 18-20 knots from north-east.