At Rostov-on-Don airport (RVI) in Russia, an Aeroflot Airbus A320 had to take corrective measures to avoid colliding with a snowplow.
Aviation Herald, a safety reporting website, described the event, which occurred on December 26, 2021.
The aircraft, registered VP-BIJ and operating as flight SU1156 from Moscow Sheremetyevo, was on the verge of landing on Runway 05 at RVI, according to the report.
When the tower advised the crew to go around because a snowplow had invaded the runway without permission, the plane was 6 feet over the ground.
The location of the snowplow on the runway is unknown. Given the time it takes for engines to spool up, it’s likely the plane would have touched down and then taken off again if it was only 6 feet above the ground.
According to the report, the plane returned for a second landing, which was completed safely about 11 minutes later.
Rosaviatsia, the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency, is treating the incident as a serious occurrence.