Shannon Airport reopens following Aer Arann crash

Shannon Airport reopens following Aer Arann crash

Shannon Airport was operating normally this morning following an earlier incident which saw the nose wheel of a passenger plane apparently collapse on landing.

Aer Arann operated Flight EI-3601 got into difficulties following landing yesterday, prompting the closure of the airport for six hours.

None of the 21 passengers and four crew on route from Manchester were harmed during the incident.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) - which is attached to the Department of Transport in Ireland - is carrying out an investigation into the incident. 

The ATR-72 aircraft was scheduled to arrive in Shannon at 10:15 yesterday, having performed one “fly-around” on approach.

After landing the nose wheel on the plane appeared to collapse and the plane swerved off the runway onto the grass.

In a statement, Aer Arann – which was operating the flight on behalf of Aer Lingus - said they could not speculate as to the cause of the incident.