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Sunday, 4 February, 2001, 22:21 GMT
Plane skids off runway
Sheffield Airport
Investigations have started into the cause of the crash
Sheffield City Airport has been closed after a plane carrying 28 people skidded off the runway after a tyre burst on landing.

The Shorts 360 plane swerved onto the grass and the undercarriage collapsed after the Aer Arann flight from Dublin touched down at 1920GMT on Sunday.

One woman was treated for shock at the scene but the remaining 24 passengers and three crew escaped unhurt.

Sheffield airport's managing director John Horne said the aircraft came to rest on the grass quite safely.

"Clearly we are now waiting for the response from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch," he said.

"We are in the process of recovering the aircraft."

The airport was closed on Sunday as an investigation got under way.

Officials are uncertain whether it will reopen on Monday morning.

Passengers booked in for flights on Monday are advised to call the airport on 0114 2011998.

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