Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Low aircraft dislodges roof tiles

A low-flying aircraft dislodged roof tiles near George Best Belfast City Airport

Up to 20 roof tiles have been dislodged by a low-flying aircraft near George Best Belfast City Airport, a resident said.

MS sufferer Jean Wright, 55, was in the house on Saturday afternoon when she heard the crash at her house at Oval Court, east Belfast.

However, an airport spokeswoman said it was too early to be conclusive about the cause of the damage.

Ms Wright's daughter-in-law, Karen Sanders, said local people were alarmed by the danger to their homes. She said the roof had been shaken.

"It has been sucked out by the force of the aeroplane," she said.

She said another neighbour nearby was left cowering with fear. She was under the blankets terrified about what the aeroplane could do," she added.

Residents have been involved in a vociferous campaign aimed at limiting certain flights at the airport.

It is thought Saturday afternoon's plane was landing, although the matter is being investigated by the airport authorities.

A spokeswoman for the airport said: "Belfast City Airport are currently undertaking an investigation with their Air Traffic Control department and will be taking the necessary steps to measure the plots of the aircraft at the time of the incident. We can therefore not be conclusive to the cause of the damage until we receive the outcome of this investigation.

"Regardless, Belfast City Airport take incidents such as these extremely seriously and are happy to continue to engage with both households with regards to further support and repairs of the roof damage as a measure of good will."

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