In Florianópolis, Brazil’s Herclóo Luz International Airport (FLN), an Airbus A321 operated by LATAM Airlines went off the runway during heavy rain.
The Meteorological Aerodrome Report (METAR) at FLN at 9:00 am local time (UTC -2) reported wind speeds of 3 knots with rain (RA), according to data from flightradar24.com.
The LATAM Airlines Airbus A321 was seen veering left and rolling down the runway in CCTV footage posted on Twitter. Additional images showed the aircraft’s front landing gear trapped in the dirt.
After that, at 09:43 local time (UTC –2), Brazilian authorities sent out a Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) for FNL informing them that runway 14/32 was shut down because of an accident there.
Airbus A321 da LATAM derrapa e sai da pista em Florianópolis durante pouso em voo procedente de Guarulhos pic.twitter.com/PkfCY1oiXl
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Although there was no NOTAM for runway 03/21, the airport’s entire flight schedule was canceled. Three planes from LATAM Airlines, GOL Airlines, and Azul Airlines were diverted to alternate airports.
Since the incident, the LATAM Airlines Airbus A321 has remained at FLN.
“Recovery Team started the removal process of the Airbus A321 aircraft (PT-MXM) that was flying LA 3300 (São Paulo/Guarulhos-Florianópolis) on Wednesday (07/12) and suffered a lateral deviation on the runway after landing. All 172 passengers and 7 crew were disembarked safely,” said the airline in a statement on its website, adding that the “causes of this incident will be officially pointed out by the competent authorities, with which the company is in coordination”.