Jersey Airport Blue Island plane crash probe begins

Blue Islands plane crash, Jersey, 16 June The Blue Islands plane crash forced the suspension of all Jersey flights for nearly eight hours

The Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has begun an investigation into a runway crash at Jersey Airport.

The undercarriage of the Blue Islands ATR 42 from Guernsey, with 43 people on board, collapsed after it landed on Saturday morning.

No-one was hurt, but the accident closed the runway and flights were suspended for nearly eight hours.

Extra airport staff were called in to help deal with thousands of passengers who had been stranded.

Three AAIB officers have flown to Jersey to determine the cause of the crash.

Blue Islands said an "unknown" mechanical failure caused the plane's left-hand landing gear to collapse.

'Patience'

The airport stayed open until after midnight to clear the backlog of passengers.

It said no additional charges would be made against airlines who normally have to pay if the airport stays open beyond normal operating hours.

More than 5,000 passengers were due to fly out of Jersey on 100 flights on Saturday, which is the airport's busiest days of the week.

Stephen Driscoll, operations director for Ports of Jersey, apologised to passengers for the disruption caused by the crash, but said safety had to come first.

"The safety of passengers, aircraft and crew is of paramount importance to us and I would like to thank staff and associated agencies for their hard work in handling what has been a difficult, but fortunately a rare occurrence.

"In particular we would like to relay our thanks to passengers and airport users for their patience and understanding of the situation."

No passengers were injured but the runway was shut following the crash

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