VIDEO: Aircraft suffers undercarriage failure on take-off at Bournemouth Airport

VIDEO: Aircraft suffers undercarriage failure on take-off at Bournemouth Airport

Light aircraft suffers undercarriage failure on take-off at Bournemouth Airport

Light aircraft suffers undercarriage failure on take-off at Bournemouth Airport

Light aircraft suffers undercarriage failure on take-off at Bournemouth Airport

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THE runway at Bournemouth Airport was closed yesterday afternoon after an accident involving a training plane.

The nose of the Duchess twin-engine light aircraft fell to the ground during take-off when the under carriage gave way and it skidded along the surface before coming to a stop.

Four fire crews were called to the scene but were not needed and the three people on board the Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training plane escaped uninjured.

The runway at Hurn had to be closed for 45 minutes while an airport crew inflated an air cushion to lift up the front of the plane before the aircraft, also known as a Beech 76, was towed away for repair.

John Earl, 67, from London, is a member of Bournemouth Aviation Group and was nearby when the accident happened.

He said: “Somebody told me the undercarriage had collapsed on one of the smaller planes and the runway was shut.

“As soon as I heard I came to have a look and they were putting the airbags underneath the plane.”

Julian Griffin, visiting the Bournemouth Flying Club cafe, said: “When I got here the fire engines had already arrived but there were no ambulances.

“I thought the under carriage had probably collapsed.”

A spokesperson for Bournemouth Airport said: “Following a twin-engine light aircraft sustaining a collapsed undercarriage prior to take-off, runway operations were temporarily suspended for around 45 minutes this afternoon so the aircraft could be removed from the runway area.

“The three people on board the aircraft at the time were not injured during the incident.

“No other flights were diverted or delayed during this period and the airport is now fully operational again.”

Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training, based at Aviation Park West, next to the airport, declined to comment.

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2:28pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Old Colonial says...

For once the heading is correct...."Breaking news"!
For once the heading is correct...."Breaking news"! Old Colonial
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2:40pm Wed 6 Feb 13

speedy231278 says...

It was breaking news 3/4 hour ago, it's just news now.
It was breaking news 3/4 hour ago, it's just news now. speedy231278
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4:59pm Wed 6 Feb 13

l'anglais says...

It was Breaking
Now its just plane broken
It was Breaking Now its just plane broken l'anglais
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5:41pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Old Colonial says...

l'anglais wrote:
It was Breaking
Now its just plane broken
Thanks. You got the point!
[quote][p][bold]l'anglais[/bold] wrote: It was Breaking Now its just plane broken[/p][/quote]Thanks. You got the point! Old Colonial
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