Inverness Airport closed after Flybe plane skids off runway

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Flybe plane skids off the runway at Inverness
Flybe plane skids off the runway at Inverness

A Flybe plane with 52 people on board skidded off the runway after landing at Inverness airport.

Flybe flight BE202 from Manchester slid on to the grass at the Scottish Airport at around 10.14am today.

An investigation has since been launched.

There were four crew and 48 passengers, including on infant, on board, none of whom were injured.

Inverness Airport was closed for a time causing disruption to some flights. Words: PA

A Flybe spokeswoman said: "Flybe can confirm that when taxiing at low speed at the end of the runway, having landed safely at Inverness Airport this morning, the wheels of the Q400 aircraft skidded on the surface of the airfield, causing it to slide on to the grass."

She added: "The safety of its passengers and crew is the airline's number one priority and Flybe regrets any inconvenience experienced as a result of this incident."

The airport fire service went to the scene, as is routine, but its services were not needed.

Passengers were advised to travel to the airport and check in as normal for any afternoon flights.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is carrying out an inquiry into the incident.

An Inverness Airport spokesman said: "At 10.14 this morning a Flybe-operated Dash 8 aircraft, arriving from Manchester, left the taxiway at Inverness Airport shortly after landing.

"Inverness Airport opened this morning following the standard winter operations processes, and the runway and taxiway surfaces were prepared for aircraft operations in accordance with our licensing requirements.

"There is no indication that there were any issues with the runway or taxiway surface conditions, following a number of early-morning arrivals and departures.

"As this incident is subject to investigation we cannot speculate on the cause at this point in time."

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