Thursday 22 March 2018

Lucky escape for pilots as aircraft skids on landing

Breda Heffernan and Pat Flynn

TWO German men walked from their light aircraft after it skidded, belly-down, on landing at Kerry Airport.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit of the Department of Transport yesterday began an inquiry into the incident, which happened on Thursday evening.

The four-seater plane, belonging to an aero club in the Munich area, had flown to Kerry from Guernsey in the Channel Islands.

Inbound Ryanair flights from Dublin and Stansted circled overhead as the runway was cleared by Kerry Airport personnel. Outbound flights were delayed for an hour.

An airport spokesman said there had been no need to call outside emergency services to deal with the incident.

Meanwhile, a massive cargo plane had to divert and land at an Irish airport after the crew was forced to shut down an engine yesterday.

The Polet Aviakompania Antonov AN-124-100 was conducting a freight flight from Goose Bay, Newfoundland in Canada, to Frankfurt Hahn in Germany yesterday.

The crew experienced problems with the jet's left outboard engine with the captain later reporting "low oil pressure".

The plane, carrying a crew of six, was flying at 29,000 feet over the Atlantic between southern Greenland and Iceland. The plane was around 1,000km north-west of Ireland and the crew continued to Shannon Airport where they landed with just three engines.

The pilot required almost the full length of Shannon's 3.2km runway to bring the jet to a stop.


Meanwhile, an air accident investigation found that a glider pilot forced to make an emergency landing in a field due to poor weather conditions was lucky to escape serious injury.

It found there was insufficient landing distance available in the field because of the slope and that the glider was travelling too quickly when it touched down.

The pilot, a 56-year-old man from Northern Ireland, was on a cross-country flight from Birr Airfield in Co Offaly when the weather suddenly deteriorated and he was forced to make an unscheduled landing in a field near Durrow, Co Laois.

Irish Independent

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