Saturday, 24 August, 2019

Shannon airport flights suspended after USA troop plane forced into emergency landing

Shannon Airport reopens after Shannon Airport reopens after plane carrying US military catches fire
Patty Aguilar | 16 August, 2019, 15:50

"The airport is experiencing flight disruption and intending passengers are asked to contact their airline".

Airport staff were working to remove the aircraft and resume safe operations, Shannon added on Twitter, saying that American Airline passengers would not be checked in until further notice.

All outgoing and incoming passengers have been advised to contact their respective airlines. All passengers reportedly left the plane safely.

According to RTE, a plane landing at the airport had to be evacuated this morning with air traffic controllers reporting fire and smoke coming from the aircraft's landing gear.

Ireland's Independent newspaper said the Omni Air International flight was carrying US military personnel, but there was no immediate confirmation from USA officials.

It is understood that the Omni Air International Boeing 767-300 was about to depart for the Middle East when the incident occurred.

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"Emergency services are in attendance".

A spokesman for the airport could not be reached for further comment. The aircraft in question, which suffered an extrernal fire to the undercarriage, was removed from the scene at the County Clare airport and it is now open again. "This may take some time".

All flights into and out of the airport were suspended for a number of hours this morning.

Aer Lingus flights to and from London Heathrow, Birmingham and Edinburgh have been cancelled with passengers being transported by bus to Dublin and Cork.

The plane returned to the airport and all passengers disembarked safely. "We would like to extend our thanks to the IAA (Shannon Tower Business Unit) and our airline partners for their support in the management of the incident".

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