2017-09-30 Air Berlin A320 overran runway Westerland, Sylt

2017-09-30 Air Berlin A320 overran runway Westerland, Sylt

2017-09-30 Air Berlin A320 overran runway Westerland, Sylt


On landing the Airbus A320 came to a halt beyond the end of the runway coming to rest on the grass.


Following a seemingly normal approach to runway 32 at Westerland, Sylt Island, Germany Air Berlin flight AB6680 fom Duesseldorf landed on runway 32 (lengh: 2120 meters) but was unable to stop with runway lengh.

The A320 came to a stop on flat lawn about 50 meters behind the end of the runway.

All passengers and crew deplaned later via mobile airstairs. There were no injuries.

At the time local weather consisted of overcast skies, low ceiling, calm winds and occasional light rain.

METAR: Westerland, Sylt Airport (EDXW):

30/09/2017 09:20->
METAR EDXW 300720Z 14012KT 1800 BR OVC002 15/14 Q1015=
30/09/2017 08:20->
METAR COR EDXW 300620Z 14011KT 1200 R14/P2000N RA BR OVC002
           15/14 Q1015=



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Type: Airbus A320
Registration: D-ABHO
Age a/c: 8.4 years
Constr. No.: 3908

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants  6 82 0 88
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0


Date: 2017-09-30 Time: 08:20
Location: EDXW GWT Westerland Sylt
Country: Germany
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: none

Flight no.: AB 6880
From: EDDL/DUS: Dusseldorf To: EDXW/GWT: Westerland Sylt
Type: Passenger
Operator: Air Berlin

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 28th safety occurence for the operator
  • 634th safety occurence of type (A320)
  • 1st safety occurence at Westerland Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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