A plane carrying 71 people from Amsterdam to London made a hard landing at London City Airport Friday evening, injuring several people on board.
A spokesperson from the London Fire Brigade said the accident happened around 8:00 p.m. local time after the nose-wheel of British Airways flight 8456 failed during landing.
No fire was reported, and the 67 passengers and four crew managed to evacuate the plane safely via the emergency exit slides.
The London Ambulance Service said that four people suffered minor injuries, and one required hospital treatment.
The airport’s runway was closed after the crash, forcing at least 11 flights to be diverted to other airports. A team of agents from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch quickly arrived on scene to launch an investigation.
London City Airport is located in the southeastern part of the city, and is home to 10 airlines which offer domestic and European short-hop flights. It is the smallest of London’s five commercial airports, serving 3.3 million passengers per year.
The crash landing comes less than 24 hours after a Continental Airlines flight plowed into a house in a suburb of Buffalo, New York, killing 49 people on the plane and one on the ground.
By Karen Elowitt for PeterGreenberg.com.
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