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Plane fire shuts Shannon Airport

Firecrews attending an aircraft on the tarmac at Shannon Airport
Firecrews attending an aircraft on the tarmac at Shannon Airport

By Cate McCurry

An Irish airport reopened after flights were suspended for a time when a plane caught fire before take-off.

Air traffic controllers spotted smoke and flames coming from the Boeing 763 as it taxied along the runway at Shannon Airport yesterday.

The plane was an Omni Air International 531, which is used to transport US military personnel.

Airport emergency services extinguished an external fire on the undercarriage and the airport was closed until 11.15am.

All passengers and crew were evacuated safely and returned to the terminal building. There were no reports of serious injuries.

Following the incident yesterday, an airport spokesman said: "Shannon Group has confirmed that thanks to the swift response of the Shannon Airport emergency services team, the airport reopened after the successful removal of a plane from the runway.

"As there has been flight disruption, intending passengers have been asked to contact their airlines. Updates are available on the airport social media channels.

"We would like to extend our thanks to the IAA (Shannon Tower Business Unit) and our airline partners for their support in the management of the incident."

A number of flights to England and Scotland were cancelled after the incident.

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