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Plane's nose wheel fails on landing


An Aer Arann plane

An Aer Arann plane

An Aer Arann plane

Passengers on a flight between Britain and Ireland escaped injury after the plane's nose wheel failed on landing.

Aer Arann, which was operating the Manchester to Shannon service for Aer Lingus, said the aircraft veered off the runway onto the grass.

There were 21 passengers and four crew members on board.

"All passengers and crew safely disembarked the aircraft and no injuries have been reported," a spokesman for the airline said.

The plane left Manchester Airport at 8.50am and was due to arrive at Shannon Airport at 10.15am.

Aer Arann said the aircraft was attempting to land on its second approach at around 10.30am when it experienced a suspected failure of the nose wheel landing gear. Emergency services were rushed to the scene.

"Aer Arann cannot speculate as to the cause of the incident and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU), branch of the Department of Transport have been informed," the spokesman added.

A spokesman for Shannon Airport confirmed all passengers and crew safely disembarked and were medically assessed in the airport terminal on arrival.

"There are no injuries reported," he said. "An air accident investigation unit will carry out an examination of the scene this afternoon."

All flights in and out of Shannon have been suspended until 4pm. Passengers on scheduled arrivals and departures at the airport were asked to contact their airline.