Plane Skids Into Lake In France

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Plane Skids Into Lake In France
This handout picture obtained on September 24, 2022 from the Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses pour la Securite de l’Aviation Civile (BEA) shows an Aeropostale Boeing 737 aircraft after it overran the runway during its landing phase at night at Montpellier airport. The airport of Montpellier has been closed for an indefinite period of time after a cargo plane went off the runway during the night while landing without causing any injuries, the prefecture of Herault announced on September 24, 2022. (Photo by Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses pour la Securite de l’Aviation Civile (BEA) / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / BUREAU D’ENQUETES ET D’ANALYSES POUR LA SECURITE DE L’AVIATION CIVILE (BEA) “
Plane Skids Into Lake In France
This handout picture obtained on September 24, 2022, from the Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses pour la Securite de l’Aviation Civile (BEA) shows an Aeropostale Boeing 737 aircraft after it overran the runway during its landing phase at night at Montpellier airport. Credit: AFP PHOTO / Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses pour la Securite de l’Aviation Civile (BEA)

 

 

 

French authorities on Saturday shut the airport in the southern city of Montpellier for an indefinite period after a cargo plane overran the runway and ended up with its nose in a nearby lake.

Images showed the Boeing 737 of the West Atlantic cargo carrier tilting with its nose in the lake and body perched on the land. The three crew escaped the accident in the early hours of Saturday unhurt, local authorities said.

The prefecture for the Herault region said the airport would be closed to both passenger and cargo planes until further notice as a security measure and until a specialised firm came to take the plane away.

“We will not reopen the airport as long as the aircraft is on the runway and the investigation is not finished,” an airport source, who asked not to be named, told AFP.

“After the removal of the aircraft, the runway will also be carefully checked,” added the source.

West Atlantic Plane Skids Into Lake In France
Credit: AFP PHOTO / Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses pour la Securite de l’Aviation Civile (BEA)

 

 

Twenty-one commercial flights had been scheduled on Saturday at the airport which in peak season sees up to 197,000 passengers a month.

“A technical incident prevents normal operation,” said an English message on the airport’s website headlined “closure of Montpellier airport”.

The website showed that flights had either been cancelled or diverted to Marseille.

AFP