Jersey airport closed after airliner landing gear fails

A passenger aircraft suffered a landing gear collapse at the airport on the Channel Island of Jersey on Saturday resulting in the closure of the runway but no one was hurt, officials said.

The ATR 42 propeller plane operated by Blue Islands airways landed safely after flying from the neighbouring Channel Island of Guernsey and was taxiing to its stand when the incident happened.

Blue Islands said in a statement that the "left-hand landing gear suffered a suspected mechanical failure and resulted in the left wing contacting the ground".

"The aircraft came to a stop and all the occupants were able to disembark through the main door. There were no injuries," it said in a statement.

"All 40 passengers onboard have disembarked the aircraft safely and now left Jersey airport with their baggage."

The cause is being investigated, it said.

Jersey Airport said the runway was closed immediately after the incident at around 0720 GMT and reopened at 1500 GMT.

ATR is the turboprop airplane venture between European defence group EADS and Alenia Aeronautica, part of the Italian industrial group Finmeccanica.

by Sebastien Blanc © 2012 AFP

Source: AFP
Date: Jun 16, 2012