Shannon Airport runway reopens following incident involving light aircraft

Shannon Airport runway reopens following incident involving light aircraft
Picture: Prss 22

Update 6.50pm: The runway at Shannon Airport has reopened following an incident involving a light aircraft.

The airport confirmed that a light aircraft which experienced difficulty on landing at 16:28 has been successfully removed from the airport runway.

Following a clean-up of the area the airport runway reopened at 18.30.

Shannon Airport said it would like to thank its staff, the airport operators who assisted with this incident, and airport passengers for their patience.

A statement added that intending passengers are advised to contact their airline for flight updates.

Passengers on the Ryanair Wroclaw and Aer Lingus Heathrow flights to Shannon which were diverted to Cork earlier are now being transported by bus to Shannon Airport.

Earlier: Shannon Airport runway closed following incident involving light aircraft

Operations have been brought to a standstill at Shannon Airport following an incident this evening involving a light aircraft.

It is understood that the plane suffered a collapsed nose-wheel shortly after landing at Shannon.

Airport fire and rescue crews responded quickly to the incident which occurred at around 4.30pm.

It is understood there was only one person on board the aircraft and that he has not suffered any injuries. He was able to vacate the aircraft safely.

Two flights, an Aer Lingus service from London and a Ryanair aircraft which was inbound from Wroclaw in Poland, have been diverted to Cork Airport.

Efforts are underway to clear the aircraft from the runway with a view to resuming operations as soon as possible.

Shannon Airport has confirmed that a light aircraft experienced technical difficulties on landing on the airport runway which led to the closure of the runway.

Permission has now been received to commence the process of removing the aircraft from the runway.

Once the aircraft has been removed from the runway, it’s expected that an inspection will be carried out to establish whether the surface of the runway has been damaged.

A Shannon Airport spokesperson said: “Shannon Airport has confirmed the temporary closure of the airport runway due to a technical issue with a light aircraft.

The following flights have been diverted to Cork; Aer Lingus EI 385 from London Heathrow due to land at Shannon at 16:50 and Ryanair FR1173 Wroclaw due at land at Shannon at 17:25.

More on this topic

US bound flight diverts to Shannon with ill passengerUS bound flight diverts to Shannon with ill passenger

Jet diverts to Shannon after suffering hydraulic failure over AtlanticJet diverts to Shannon after suffering hydraulic failure over Atlantic

Flights from Shannon to Paris and Barcelona available from next summerFlights from Shannon to Paris and Barcelona available from next summer

Mark Ruffalo calls on govt to withdraw support for Shannon LNG projectMark Ruffalo calls on govt to withdraw support for Shannon LNG project


More in this Section

Two men held after digger used in double ATM theftTwo men held after digger used in double ATM theft

8 National Parks and Nature Reserves to close for Storm Atiyah8 National Parks and Nature Reserves to close for Storm Atiyah

Man due in court over drug, gold and alcohol seizureMan due in court over drug, gold and alcohol seizure

Restricting TDs and Senators from double-jobbing 'needs consideration', says TaoiseachRestricting TDs and Senators from double-jobbing 'needs consideration', says Taoiseach


Lifestyle

This Christmas remember that there is no such thing as cheap food.Buy local: Use your LOAF

As we wait, eager and giddy, a collective shudder of agitated ardor ripples through the theatre, like a Late, Late Toyshow audience when they KNOW Ryan’s going to give them another €150 voucher. Suddenly, a voice booms from the stage. Everyone erupts, whooping and cheering. And that was just for the safety announcement.Everyman's outstanding Jack and the Beanstalk ticks all panto boxes

Every band needs a Bez. In fact, there’s a case to be made that every workplace in the country could do with the Happy Mondays’ vibes man. Somebody to jump up with a pair of maracas and shake up the energy when things begin to flag.Happy Mondays create cheery Tuesday in Cork gig

More From The Irish Examiner