independent

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Luton airport apologises after posting photograph of plane crash on Facebook page

Picture showed aftermath of a crash at Chicago in which a child was killed

London Luton airport has apologised 'unreservedly' after a photograph of a plane crash at another airport was posted on their Facebook page.

The image, which was posted just after 09:15 GMT yesterday, showed the aftermath of a crash at Chicago Midway Airport in 2005, in which a child was killed.

It was accompanied by a caption which read: 'Because we are such a super airport...this is what we prevent you from when it snows...Weeeee :)'.

The photograph was removed from the Facebook page at 10:30 GMT yesterday.

It is thought the image related to an accident at a Chicago Midway Airport when a Boeing 737 slid off the end of the runway when landing in heavy snow.

A child in a car that was passing the airport was killed in the accident.

A spokesperson for the airport said today: "London Luton Airport apologises unreservedly for the post on Facebook, which was wholly unacceptable and insensitive.  

"We have Social Media guidelines that clearly outline what is acceptable, however in this instance a new, over-enthusiastic member of our support team made an honest but misguided mistake and clearly stepped over the line.

We apologise for any offence caused.  Further steps have been taken to guarantee this never happens again."

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