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Last Updated: Friday, 7 July 2006, 15:44 GMT 16:44 UK
Landing gear caused plane crash
The Boeing 737-300 at Birmingham International Airport

A crash at an airport, which resulted in long delays for passengers after a runway was closed, was caused by faulty landing gear, a report has said.

Thousands of passengers had to be moved to other airports after the cargo plane landed on its nose at Birmingham International Airport on 15 June.

A report from the Air Accident Investigations Branch said the Boeing 737 first landed at Nottingham airport.

But it hit grass causing its landing gear to detach and it became airborne.

Flights delayed

The flight had come in from Liege in Belgium and should have landed at Stansted, but was prevented from doing so because of bad weather.

It was diverted to Nottingham East Midlands Airport where it landed on the grass causing its landing gear to be detached.

It then became airborne again and made an emergency diversion to Birmingham, landing on its nose, left landing gears and the right engine in the early hours.

The aeroplane remained on the runway causing all take-offs to be cancelled for six hours and arrivals only resuming in the afternoon.

More than 200 flights had to be diverted or were delayed.

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