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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 February 2006, 17:25 GMT
Plane flies too low into airport
Meer End Map
Inquiries have started after an aeroplane landing at Birmingham International Airport came in too low.

The passenger airliner is reported to have descended to 600ft (182m) six miles from the airport - experts said it should have been at 1,800ft (550m).

National Air Traffic Services has confirmed the incident near Kenilworth, Warwickshire, happened on Thursday.

The aircraft and its flight data recorder are being held by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

The Airbus A310, with an unknown number of passengers on board, was being operated by Iranian airline Mahan Air.

It was spotted flying low over Honiley, near Kenilworth, as it began its descent at about midday.

'Wheels too low'

A farmer in nearby Meer End rang the airport to say a plane had flown too low over his farm.

John Conneally said he could see the plane's wheels were down.

"It looked like it was only 200 to 300 feet up as it nearly hit the straw stack. It happened so quickly it was like a boom," he said.

The plane then started to climb again, he said.

"The pilot on the plane must have seen us. We were looking after the cattle in the shed and the cattle went mad," he added.

Reports say the pilot was alerted and told to climb, which he did before making a second attempt at landing.


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