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Shannon Airport runway reopens after light aircraft experiences technical difficulties

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

Airport fire and rescue crews responding to the incident at Shannon Airport this evening
Airport fire and rescue crews responding to the incident at Shannon Airport this evening
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Updated Dec 2nd 2019, 6:50 PM

A LIGHT AIRCRAFT which experienced technical difficulties on landing has been successfully removed from the Shannon Airport runway.

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

Following a clean-up of the area, the airport runway reopened at 6.30pm.

Shannon Airport thanked its staff, the airport operators who assisted with this incident, and airport passengers for their patience.

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. 

It’s 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, were diverted to Cork Airport.

A Shannon Airport spokesperson said earlier: “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.”

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