Crash plane skidded on nose for kilometre
A PASSENGER aircraft carrying 25 people skidded out of control on its nose for more than a kilometre during a crash landing last month.
A preliminary report into the accident at Shannon Airport on July 17 found that turbulence may have been a factor in the crash.
Some 21 passengers and four crew were on board the Aer Arann Manchester to Shannon service when its nose wheel collapsed, its controls jammed and it veered off the runway. No one was injured.
A preliminary report by the Air Accident Investigation Unit published yesterday found the plane scraped along the ground for 1,200 metres before coming to a halt on a grass verge.
It also noted that the previous day, crews on the 17-year old ART 72-212 reported "difficult conditions" on the runway approach during two flights. The wind strength and gusts were similar to those at the time of the accident.
A full report will be published later this year.