Plane lands short of runway in England

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  1. DerAdlerIstGelandet

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    Plane lands short of runway in England

    LONDON - A passenger jet landed short of the runway at Heathrow airport on Thursday, forcing Prime Minister Gordon Brown to delay his trip to China as his plane was on the runway waiting to take off. Three people were reported injured.

    Brown's plane was not involved but those on board could see the incident in the distance.

    The plane that landed short was a British Airways flight BA38 from Beijing to London, British Airways said. The Boeing 777 made an emergency landing and all passengers were evacuated, airport operator BAA PLC. Fire trucks surrounded the aircraft and emergency evacuation chutes were deployed.

    Three passengers had minor injuries, London Ambulance Service said.

    The Boeing appeared to have landed just yards from a busy perimeter road, Britain's Press Association reported. The impact wrecked the undercarriage and caused extensive damage to both wings, it said.

    The prime minister's plane was carrying a delegation of business leaders including Virgin chairman Richard Branson.

    Planes were still taking off and landing on Heathrow's northern runway, air traffic control company Nats said. Heathrow has two runways.

    Plane lands short of runway in England - Yahoo! News
     
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    I heard it on the radio while driving home.

    Completely unofficial, but it was said that the plane 'lost everything' on the approach and and the pilot did his best to glide in, hitting the ground a little short of the runway - this could have been very nasty!
     
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    You got that right, Clave. saw it on the news, lost everything as you said just got over the perimeter fence and bang, I think the slide across the grassed area for most of the 'landing' probably prevented a major crack-up and loss of lives.
     
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    The passengers said they heard nothing out of the ordinary and the crew handled it really well. They said that they did not even know anything was wrong until the shoots were deployed. They said it felt like a bumpy normal landing.
     
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    The cause is all a matter of speculation; it could be anything from pilot error to poor grade fuel. I'm not going to comment on the cause, or the status of the pilot until AIBB releases the information tomorrow.
     
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    We should wait until the investigation is complete.
     
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    Quite right Adler.

    However, a new lighting system is already being proposed for Heathrow:
     

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    Thats great :lol:
     
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    :lol:

    Thats funny. Morbid but funny.
     
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