Belfast Telegraph

Belfast airport warns of delayed flights after plane stranded on runway

Travellers using Belfast International Airport are being urged to check flight details after a fr eight plane became stuck on the runway, disrupting operations.

While the airport reopened within several hours of the incident and flights began arriving from 10.30am, passengers were being warned of knock-on delays with some services pushed back by up to an hour.

Ten flights were cancelled, five inbound, and five outbound to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Bristol and Luton.

A spokeswoman for the airport said the cargo plane came to a halt at the intersection of two runways.

It is understood the undercarriage of the jet was damaged and the tyres also burst during the landing.

Freight was unloaded from the stricken jet to prepare for its recovery.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch sent a team to investigate the incident and engineers were also brought in to assist with the recovery of the plane.

Two hours after the early morning incident, airport management said other planes were able to take off and land using a shortened runway.

"The airport is operating as normal," the spokeswoman said.

"The aircraft is still on the runway at the intersection of the two runways. There has been a knock-on effect of delays but the longest is around 45 minutes to one hour. Other flights were operating as scheduled."

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