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Four injured as plane veers off the runway in Scotland

By Lucinda Cameron

Four people have been injured after an aeroplane veered off the runway during take off.

The Saab 340 aircraft operated by Loganair was leaving for Glasgow when the incident happened at Stornoway Airport on Lewis at 8.33am yesterday.

Two men were taken to Western Isles Hospital with minor injuries.

Police said that two female passengers sustained minor injuries but declined medical assistance. The 25 passengers and three crew on board were evacuated from the aircraft and returned to the main terminal.

An investigation has been launched to establish what caused the incident and whether wind conditions may have contributed to it.

A Loganair spokesman said: "On departure from Stornoway Airport the 8.30am flight BE6821 for Glasgow left the runway during take off.

"All passengers and crew were safely evacuated and returned to the airport's terminal. Two passengers sustained what we understand are minor injuries and have gone to the local hospital.

"A full investigation is now under way to ascertain the cause of the incident and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been notified."

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