Wednesday 11 December 2019

Irish cargo plane suffers landing gear failure in East Midlands Airport

An Air Contractors freight plane, a Boeing 737-400, suffered a landing gear failure at the airport at around 3am
An Air Contractors freight plane, a Boeing 737-400, suffered a landing gear failure at the airport at around 3am
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A cargo plane operated by Irish-based company Air Contractors suffered a landing gear failure after arrival at East Midlands Airport in the UK early this morning.

The incident happened after the plane landed on a flight from Paris at 2.30am and was slowing down.

Two flight crew were on board but neither suffered injuries.

The aircraft, which is part of the fleet of the Swords based company, remained on the runway this morning and an investigation has been launched.

Flights to and from the airport in Leicestershire were suspended until preliminary investigations could be completed.

Air Contractors this morning confirmed that the aircraft involved in the incident at East Midlands Airport was a Boeing 737-400 with the registration EI-STD.

“The left-hand landing gear of the aircraft suffered a failure after the aircraft had successfully landed and whilst slowing for taxi off the runway,” said a report on the company’s website.

“There were two crew members on board the aircraft both of whom are unharmed. The runway remains closed whilst technical examinations take place, but the aircraft will be removed as soon as possible,” it added.

“The aircraft is on the runway and the Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) and UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) have been informed,” the company said.

“The Airline’s Emergency Response plan has been activated and the Crisis Control Team (CCT) has been convened. The CCT are currently investigating the facts related to this incident and are liaising with all relevant authorities,” it explained.

Air Contractors operates scheduled freight services throughout Europe on behalf of groups such as FedEx Feeder and DHL Express.

It also operates unscheduled passenger flights.

East Midlands Airport serves about four million passengers a year and handles 300,000 tonnes of freight.

This morning its website was alerting passengers that its runway was closed until further notice and advising passengers to consult their airlines for further information.

The airport’s flight departures website showed flights to Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, Aberdeen, Brussels, Limoges, Almeria, Alicante, Modlin, Riga, Palma, and Krakow were all cancelled.

The cancellations affected more than 2,000 passengers.

Ryanair fligths to East Midlands were also affected, with an 8am flight from Dublin cancelled.

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