BA jet undercarriage fails on landing - London City Airport News

Airport news for London City on 16/02/2009.

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Sixty-seven passengers and five members of crew were on board the flight, and were all evacuated safely, although two people were transported to a local hospital.

Ambulances, fire engines and police were at the scene as a precautionary measure.

One eyewitness to the incident, Alistair Grant, reported: “I'm just opposite City Airport and there are about 20 fire engines and ambulances on the runway. Police have blocked everything and are diverting traffic.”

He went on to say: “The whole of the front undercarriage has failed but apart from that it's not in bad shape. It's a very chilly night out here so luckily the plane didn't skid into the dock which is very close.”

“To me it looks like police and fire crew have worked very diligently. As for the shock and trauma of passengers I can't say,” the witness added.

Several arriving flights were diverted and the remaining flights for the evening were cancelled.

On the website for London City Airport a statement appeared that read: “Due to incident, London City Airport's runway is now closed. Please contact your airline for airline for the latest information.”

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