British Airways flight crash lands at London City Airport

February 14th, 2009 - 12:44 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 14 (ANI): A British Airways plane carrying 71 people from Amsterdam to London made a hard landing at London City Airport, injuring several people on board.

A spokesperson from the London Fire Brigade said the accident happened around 8:00 p.m. local time on Friday after the nose-wheel of British Airways flight 8456 failed during landing.

The passengers and five-member crew on board the Avro RJ100 plane were all evacuated safely, The Telegraph reported.

There was obviously quite a loud bang as the plane scratched in, the stewards and stewardesses were quick to evacuate everyone off, there was a few scrapes and cuts due to hitting the asphalt, all in all everyone seems to be doing quite well now, said Justin Fletcher, one of the passengers on the plane.

Six ambulances were sent as a precaution as well as 10 fire engines and a number of police cars. Staff at the airport said the said the planes front wheel had come clean off its hinges.

A spokesman for British Airways said: The nose wheel of a British Airways aircraft suffered a failure on landing at London City Airport. As a precaution the emergency slides were deployed and the passengers were evacuated down the slides onto the runway.

Our priority at the moment is to ensure that all the passengers involved in the incident are well cared for by our ground staff, he said. (ANI)

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