Luton airport has apologised after using the photo of a deadly 2005 US airport crash on its Facebook page.

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Officials from Luton airport have apologised after using the photo of a deadly 2005 US airport crash on the airport’s Facebook page.

The image depicts a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that had skidded off the runway during a snowstorm at Chicago’s Midway airport eight years ago; a young boy was killed in the incident when the plane smashed into his family’s car outside the airport fence.

The photo appeared briefly on the airport’s Facebook page with a caption stating that such incidents are prevented at Luton because it is a 'super airport' during snowstorms.

The post was quickly removed. The facility’s management has since, in a statement, apologised 'unreservedly'. Officials added that the airport maintains social media guidelines and that a new member of its social media team had made an honest and misguided mistake but clearly stepped over the line.

Meanwhile, the airport faces additional controversy in a separate ordeal, as local residents have begun protesting in Bedfordshire amid Luton’s proposal to increase the number of night flights over the neighbourhood by two fold. Opponents are calling on local council members to take action against the move.

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