Plane overshoots runway at Newcastle Airport

26th Nov 2010
Plane overshoots runway at Newcastle Airport

A passenger plane has overshot its landing at Newcastle Airport as arctic conditions continue to sweep across the United Kingdom.

Nobody was injured following the incident, which occurred at 21:00 GMT on Thursday evening.

Passengers were allowed to deplane from the Thomson Fly Boeing 737-800, which was returning from Arrecife in Lanzarote.

Snowy conditions at the north England airport are being blamed for the accident, with the British Met Office warning further deterioration is likely today.

Heavy snow warnings are in place for northern Scotland and England’s east coast.

Northern Ireland, west Wales and south-west England are also set to be hit as rain, sleet and snow turns to ice.

The earliest widespread snowfall seen in the UK since 1993 has hit many parts of the country, with Met officials predicting the cold snap could last a further two weeks.


Newcastle Airport

A spokesperson for Newcastle Airport said the plane, which is operated by TUI, was towed away from the runway and was undamaged.

A statement added: “We can confirm that at approximately 21:00 this evening a Thomson Fly Boeing 737-800 aircraft came to a halt at the eastern end of the Newcastle International Airport runway.

“The aircraft was returning from Arrecife. The front nose wheel of the aircraft remained on the hard surface of the runway at all times.”

Tyne and Wear Fire Service said the aircraft “had gone very slightly off the runway” but remained on the asphalt.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch is starting an inquiry.

A statement on the airport’s website said passengers should arrive at the airport as normal on Friday but contact their airline with any concerns.


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