Status: 03.12.2023, 12:38 p.m.
By: Florian Dörr
The heavy snow had caused the private jet at Munich Airport to buckle. © Screenshot: X/@tomdabassman
The pictures of a private jet that "sat on its butt" at Munich Airport go around the world. The incident is also commented on maliciously.
Munich – The heavy snowfall in large parts of Bavaria has caused operations at Munich Airport to collapse. According to a spokesperson, around 3 of about 560 planned flights are still to be cancelled on Sunday (880 December). Meanwhile, images of a private jet that had overturned under the weight of the snow caused fierce reactions on social media.
On platform X, formerly Twitter, there was initially a lot of incredulity: "Is this a joke, or is it real?" asks one user. "Fun, isn't it?" another doesn't seem to be able to believe it either.
Munich Airport Confirms Authenticity: Private Jet Buckles Under Snow Load
At the request of our editors, Henner Euting, senior press spokesman for Munich Airport, confirmed the authenticity of the video. The incident took place on Saturday night (2 December). "Due to the heavy snowfall, the plane sat on its butt," Euting said.
There is also discussion on social media that the private jet should have taken off in the direction of the UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai. This has not been confirmed, but it has caused numerous derisive comments. "Winter is obviously climate denier," writes one user on X.
Fire brigade rights collapsed aircraft at Munich Airport under snow load
One thing is certain: The aircraft is not a common aircraft, but a private business jet, as airport spokesman Euting confirms. "The fire brigade then righted it up again and stabilized it."
Meanwhile, operations at Munich Airport have resumed to a limited extent since 6 a.m. On Saturday, flights had to be diverted to Frankfurt or Nuremberg, for example, which had led to some problems there. In view of the ongoing restrictions on air traffic – similar to rail traffic in Munich and the surrounding area – passengers in Munich are still asked to check the status of their flight before travelling.
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