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BA flight crash-lands in London, all aboard evacuate safely

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Latest update : 2009-02-14

A British Airways plane flying from Amsterdam crash-landed at London City Airport when the front wheel of the aircraft failed, the airline has said. All 67 passengers and four crew members evacuated, with four people treated for minor injuries.

AFP - A British Airways plane arriving from Amsterdam crash-landed at London City Airport on Friday but all 67 passengers and four crew were safely evacuated, emergency services said.
   
A statement from the airline said the front wheel of the Avro RJ100 aircraft failed on landing.
   
"As a precaution the emergency slides were deployed and the passengers were evacuated down the slides onto the runway," BA added.
   
The London Ambulance Service said four people were treated for minor injuries, but no one was taken to hospital.
   
One of the passengers, Ray Hamblin, said: "The front wheel collapsed, the cabin filled with smoke and everyone had to vacate from the rear of the plane.
   
"It seemed like a late landing as though the plane had passed the point where it should have landed. There was a lot of noise.
   
"People were pretty calm at first but when the plane started to fill up with smoke, people were not moving fast enough and they got pretty fractious.
   
"As I came off the emergency slide I hit my wrist on the runway. I think there are a couple of people with cuts and scrapes."
   
A spokeswoman for the airport said flight BA8456 had landed on the runway despite the damage to the plane's nosewheel.
   
Late Friday, the plane was still surrounded by fire engines and other vehicles and air traffic investigators were examining the damaged aircraft.
   
The airport was closed and flights were diverted to other airports near London.
   
London City is the smallest and most central of the five airports serving the British capital and handled 3.3 million passengers last year.
 

Date created : 2009-02-14

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