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Atromitos blasts risk to lives in ‘terror flight’

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Greek Super League club Atromitos claimed lives were put in danger when gale force winds forced an aeroplane carrying the team to abort a landing in Athens.

Atromitos was returning to the Greek capital on Sunday from Thessaloniki following its 2-2 draw at Xanthi.

But after a 45-minute flight, the pilot aborted his attempted landing at the Athens International Airport, despite the aircraft's landing gear already being down, as gale force winds violently rocked the plane.

It returned to Thessaloniki but Atromitos refused to board the plane again, opting to depart a few hours later via coach for the seven-hour drive to Athens.

"Who takes the responsibility for the terrible mental suffering of the people on this terror flight not being postponed?" wrote Atromitos media director Pavlos Katonis on his Facebook account.

"Really, why did authorities play with human lives when they knew about the weather conditions in Athens?"

Also on board the flight were the basketball teams of AEK Athens, who returned on a later flight, and Faros Keratsiniou who took a train instead.

[AFP]