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Runway reopens at Shannon Airport after plane carrying US troops had to be evacuated

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The runway has reopened at Shannon Airport after a plane carrying US troops had to be evacuated after a problem with its wheels developed.

It is believed some of the tyres on the wheels may have punctured.

The incident happened at around 6.20am this morning when a Boeing aircraft developed a problem.

The plane returned to the airport and all passengers disembarked safely.

Witnesses said the airport's foam tender spread foam under the plane when it landed.

Flights remained suspended while a cleaning operation was completed on the runway.

The airport updated passengers at 11.15am and declared the runway was reopened.

"We are in the process of facilitating the commencement of flights," a spokesperson said.

"Delays should be expected throughout the day.

"Please contact your airline for updates."

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