Wednesday 20 September 2017

United's plane forced to abort landing in scary incident at Cologne Airport

Manchester United manager David Moyes (right) talks to Rio Ferdinand during the training session at the AON Training Complex, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 26, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Manchester United manager David Moyes (right) talks to Rio Ferdinand during the training session at the AON Training Complex, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 26, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Manchester United's players and staff had an unnerving experience last night as their aircraft had to abort landing at Cologne Airport when the pilot realised there was another plane already on the runway.

United were an estimated 400 metres from the ground when the incident occurred.

The pilot came onto the intercom to explain what happened and apologise. Rio Ferdinand tweeted "just recovered from choppy landing #touchcloth".

A passenger said: "It was quite frightening, we were coming into land when we had to pull up suddenly." The plane, an Airbus 321 landed safely 10 minutes later.

There is always a sensitivity about United and flying incidents because of the Munich tragedy in 1958 when eight players died along with staff and media. United will wear black armbands tonight in honour of Bill Foulkes, the Munich survivor, who died on Monday.

Irish Independent

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