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Ryanair passenger jet slides off runway

Published 23/12/2009

A Ryanair plane skidded on to the grass moments after landing at Prestwick airport
A Ryanair plane skidded on to the grass moments after landing at Prestwick airport

A Ryanair passenger jet has slid off a runway after hitting a patch of ice moments after landing at Prestwick airport in Ayrshire, just after 9am.

No-one was injured in the incident, police said.

A Strathclyde Police spokesman said: "It happened just after 9am as it landed. It slipped on to the grass. No-one was injured and all the passengers have been taken to the terminal."

An airport spokesman said the plane was an incoming Ryanair flight. He said: "All I know at the moment is that after it landed it hit a patch of ice after completing its landing."

The aircraft was not damaged, and all passengers were taken off the plane unharmed, he said.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue were at the scene as a precaution.

Ryanair would not say how many passengers were on board the Boeing 737-800, which can carry up to 189 travellers.

The airline said: "After a normal landing was completed and while taxiing from the runway the aircraft encountered ice and slid just off the runway on to the grass verge. Passengers disembarked normally and were bussed to the terminal.

"Ryanair engineers are at the aircraft, which appears to have suffered no damage and they are working with Glasgow Prestwick to return the aircraft to the stand area so that the runway can be reopened with minimum delay."

Press Association

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