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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ryanair plane makes emergency landing at Shannon

A Ryanair plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this afternoon following a problem with a tyre, NewsWire understands.

The passenger plane which was travelling from the UK contacted Shannon to say a one of its tyres had burst, shortly beofre 4pm this afternoon. After circling the airport for a short while, the plane landed safely around 4.15pm.

It's reported emergency services from around Clare and north Limerick were put on standby as the plane circled the airport.

The plane was carrying 177 passengers and crew and no injuries have been reported.

NEW DETAILS (1.18am Monday)

Irish Times reports this morning,
"The aircraft carried out a low-level fly past over the airport’s main runway so that fire crews on the ground could visually inspect the landing gear as the aircraft flew past.

After nothing unusual was observed in the undercarriage, air traffic controllers contacted the pilot and advised him that he could land. The jet touched down safely just minutes later under the watchful eyes of crash crews.

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