Page last updated at 10:34 GMT, Saturday, 14 February 2009

Airport opens after runway crash

Damaged aircraft
There were 67 passengers and four crew on the flight

Flights in and out of London City Airport have resumed after a passenger plane crash-landed on the runway.

A British Airways (BA) flight from Amsterdam with 71 people on board lost its front wheels in a "hard landing" at London City Airport on Friday evening.

The plane skidded to a halt on the runway and passengers were taken off using the emergency chutes.

The plane is now in a parking bay waiting to be investigated by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

'Slight delays'

All 67 passengers and four crew were safely evacuated.

They were taken from the runway to a building in the airport's short-term stay car park where they stayed for several hours until they were escorted into waiting taxis shortly after midnight.

The airport was closed after the incident and 11 flights were diverted to neighbouring airports.

An airport spokeswoman said normal operations had resumed but there would be some slight delays.

"We do need to get those aircraft back into London City but flights have been taking off and landing throughout the morning," she said.

"There shouldn't be too many cancellations, it's more a question of delays."

She advised passengers to check with their airline before travelling.

A London Ambulance Service confirmed that four people were treated for minor injuries. Two were taken to hospital.

There are about 65 flights scheduled from the airport on Saturday and the airport is scheduled to close as normal at 1300 GMT.

BA flights to Lyon, Nice and Zurich were all delayed, with those hoping to reach France facing a wait of at least three-and-a-half hours.

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