Chania airport closed after US Air Force fighter jet reported landing problem

Chania airport was closed on Monday afternoon after a US Air Force fighter jet reported a technical problem that prevented it from landing. Arrivals and departures were temporarily suspended, as was vehicle traffic to and from the airport.

According to local news site flashnews.grIt all started shortly after 3pm. All services at the Daskalogiannis airport in Chania were notified of a technical problem that arose on a US Air Force aircraft. The order was immediately given to suspend the landings and takeoffs of other aircraft. For safety reasons, traffic was additionally stopped on the road from Pasinos to the airport, as the road is at the end of the runway.

In the end, the military plane landed without problems and the emergency measures were lifted, although there were slight delays in landing and takeoff. Meanwhile, the movement of civilian aircraft and vehicles has returned to normal.

According to, the problem on the military aircraft was related to signs of technical damage, namely to the wheels. However, it is not known whether a particular aircraft was going to land at the facilities of the American base or whether it was making an emergency landing.

Near the international airport named after Ioannis Daskalogiannis in Chania there is a military airfield, as well as the largest NATO naval base in Greece, Suda.

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