Harrington in jet take-off scare
Published 31/01/2012 | 05:00
GOLF legend Padraig Harrington and his caddie were among more than 200 plane passengers who were at the centre of a take-off scare in dense fog, writes Karl MacGinty and Allison Bray.
Mr Harrington (40) and Ronan Flood were in the business section of an Etihad Airways A330-200 aircraft at the centre of the incident at Abu Dhabi Airport early yesterday. The champion golfer was returning home following the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.
As the jet was taxiing down the runway to prepare for take-off, he and the other 205 passengers experienced a severe jolt followed by a sudden shaky halt. Initially, the captain said the take-off for flight EY045 from Abu Dhabi to Dublin had been abandoned due to dense fog.
But a spokesman later admitted the aircraft was forced to abort its take-off when the tyre punctured.