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Last Updated: Friday, 23 June 2006, 11:22 GMT 12:22 UK
Accident airline suspends flights
Aircraft at Aberdeen Airport/Pic: Newsline
The plane overshot the runway into an area of grass
An airline has suspended all flights after a plane with 19 people on board overshot the end of Aberdeen Airport runway by hundreds of yards.

City Star Airlines said it had suspended flights until further notice.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) was examining the plane on Friday. The airport is now operating normally.

The incident, which disrupted evening flights in and out of Aberdeen, happened at about 2100 BST on Thursday.

The City Star 30-seat twin propeller Downier 328 was travelling from Stavanger.

We were put into the brace position
Aircraft passenger

A City Star spokeswoman said that it was too early to say what might have caused the incident.

City Star said: "City Star Airlines regrets that all flights are suspended until further notice. Contact City Star Airlines for further information."

Three Grampian Fire and Rescue units and two ambulances were called out but were not required.

Airport reopened

One male passenger, who did not want to be named, said: "It came in to land and we were put into the brace position.

"The pilot had everyone under control and we were treated really well."

City Star Airlines spokeswoman Eleanor Jones told the BBC Scotland news website at the airport: "The aircraft containing 16 passengers and three crew overran the end of the runway.

"We would confirm that no passengers or crew were injured during this incident.

"We have their welfare as our priority."

The airport's runway had been closed while flights were diverted to Edinburgh. It reopened at 2230 BST to clear a backlog of arrivals and departures.

The airport reopened for business as usual on Friday morning.

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