Plane runs off taxiway at Rīga airport due to heavy snowfall

An aviation accident has occurred at Rīga International Airport – an airBaltic aircraft went off the taxiway due to low visibility in heavy snowfall, the airport said December 3.

The aircraft was traveling from Stockholm. Latvian Television reported there were no casualties and all passengers have exited the aircraft safely.

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs said on Twitter: "An unforgettable week: the Stockholm plane returning to Rīga slipped off the runway." He thanked the airBaltic and airport staff, the State Fire and Rescue Service and the Emergency Medical Service for quick and efficient action.


The airport runway is currently closed.

The responsible services of the airport and the representatives of the airline are working on the site.

As reported, December 3 has seen one of the most extreme snowfalls in history.


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