Monday 18 December 2017

Dublin airport re-opens after plane collapses on runway

The plane after crashing in Dublin Airport
The plane after crashing in Dublin Airport
The plane after crashing in Dublin Airport
The plane after crashing in Dublin Airport
The plane after crashing in Dublin Airport
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

DUBLIN Airport has fully re-opened after the nose wheel of a cargo plane caused it to collapse on the runway early this morning.

A Metroliner aircraft carrying two crew collapsed on its nose on the main runway, resulting in the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) temporarily grounding flights in and out of the airport.

But authorities have now opened a crosswind runway, allowing flights to land and take off.

It is not clear when the main runway will re-open, as the damaged plane has not been removed.

Investigators from the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU), based in the Department of Transport, will survey the scene and inspect the damaged aircraft before it can be removed.

Not until the AAIU are satisfied that the scene has been properly recorded and investigated will the DAA be given permission to resume flights from the main runway.

However, the DAA said flights were operating from the cross-wind runway, albeit with minor delays.

“We’re operating pretty much as normal, but with some minor delays,” a spokesman said.  He added that passengers should contact their airline to confirm their flight times.

The Metroliner was travelling from Marsden in Kent to Dublin on a routine flight.  It is not yet clear what cargo was being carried.

Emergency services rushed to the scene when the incident happened at 8.41am.  There were no injuries to crew, or damage to other aircraft.

The DAA provided details of the incident in a series of tweet.  All flights were grounded for a short period of time, but the cross-wind runway opened shortly after 9am.

The Evening Herald reported that the cargo plane was being used to import rats that would be used for research purposes here.

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