Incident at Split Airport

Caution is the parent of safety
Another emergency involving Croatia Airlines’ Dash8 Q400 aircraft has occurred, although this time the incident was much more serious. The incident took place on a scheduled flight from Split to Zagreb carrying among others the Hajduk football team. Immediately upon take off at 100 metres the baggage hold door of the Dash 8 swung open causing a sudden loss of altitude with the aircraft plunging towards the ground. The pilots, however, managed to stabilise the aircraft and immediately turned around and made a safe emergency landing. In a state of shock, the football players and other passengers stood on the runway afterwards as a technical check was carried out on the plane. The aircraft was serviced and able to depart at 14.00, safely landing in Zagreb.

Split Airport management has denied that the incident occurred saying that the light indicating that the baggage hold door was open turned on in the cockpit which led the pilot to request an emergency landing. According to Split Airport the door never opened and the indication light, not the door, was faulty. However, passengers on the flight said that the aircraft plunged with great speed causing panic in the cabin. The pilot then sharply rotated the aircraft and stabilised both the speed and heading.

This is the latest in a series of incidents that have taken place on the new Dash 8 Croatia Airlines fleet. The national airline of Croatia refused to comment on the incident.


  1. I really think you should check your sources. This was a "door not secure indication".
    It was a normal landing in SPU and NO emergency was declared. No door came open, no pressure loss occurred.

  2. This is according to meadi reports: Jutarnji list, Index HR, B92.

  3. Klemen18:44

    Just one thing, how can be pressure loss on 100m of altitude where cabin pressure is still the same as outside?

  4. Like Kely said above, it is not possible to loose press when the aircraft is not even pressurized.
    Again, no emergency was declared and this does not even qualify as an incident. I know the local media covered it with no lack of sensationalism but the info we are giving you is directly from the crew on the flight. We also take you to be more educated about aviation than an average journalist in Jutarnji List, who will one day write about aviation and cover pig farms in Slavonia the next.
    So unless, you can find proof to the contrary, the least you can do is change that headline because it is simply false.
    P.S. We form CA, all regard your website highly which is why we log on daily.


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