Shannon Airport – flights suspended over emergency

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Flights have been suspended at Shannon Airport in Ireland after smoke was seen coming from the landing gear of a plane on the runway.

The Omni Air International Boeing 767-300 was about to depart when the crew had to return to the terminal.

Omni Air International is a civilian airline that transports personnel for the United State’s military.

While the aircraft was taxiing along the runway, smoke was spotted by air traffic controllers who alerted the flight crew.

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The passengers – members of the US military – and crew left the jet via two emergency slides on the right side of the plane.

In a Twitter post, the airport said: “Due to an incident at the airport all flights have been temporarily suspended.”

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An updated post later confirmed: “We can confirm that an incident has occurred at Shannon Airport involving a Boeing 763 aircraft. Emergency services are in attendance. All passengers and crew have disembarked. Airport operations temporarily suspended.”

In a statement to PA, a spokesman for the airport said: 

“The airport operations team are currently working with the operator to remove the aircraft from the runway.

“Intending passengers are asked to contact their airline. Further updates will be available on the airport twitter page.”

“We can confirm that an incident has occurred at Shannon Airport involving a Boeing 763 aircraft.

“Emergency services are in attendance. All passengers and crew have disembarked.

“Airport operations temporarily suspended.

“We are currently working to remove the aircraft from the scene of the incident so we can resume safe operations on the runway.

“This may take some time. We are advising passengers to continue with check-in.”

Two Aer Lingus flights to Heathrow have been cancelled and passengers have been advised to contact the airline for further information.

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