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Rats on a plane

Plane damaged on Dublin Airport runway was carrying... rats and mice

Rodents were on the cargo flight from England which became stranded on the airport’s main runway this morning.

THE AIRCRAFT WHOSE nosewheel collapsed on the main runway at Dublin Airport this morning was carrying live rats and mice as its cargo.

TheJournal.ie has learned that live rats and mice were being carried as cargo on the BinAir flight that experienced difficulties after landing at Dublin Airport this morning.

The rodents are intended for sale in pet shops in Ireland and a source has confirmed that none of the rodents were harmed during the incident and no rats or mice managed to escape.

The nosewheel of the plane, which arrived from Manston in Kent, southeast England this morning, collapsed after landing causing flight delays and diversions for a time.

The cargo of live rats and mice is a regular arrival every Thursday at the airport, a source said.

The aircraft – which had two German crew members on board – landed as normal at Dublin Airport but experienced problems with its front nosewheel which led to it collapsing on the main runway.

Emergency services were on the scene in an attempt to assist the aircraft, causing a series of delays and flight diversions.

The airport is now operating as normal.

PICS: Dublin Airport operating as normal after earlier runway incident

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