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Flight crash-lands in London; 1 taken to hospital

world Updated: Feb 14, 2009 11:11 IST

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A British Airways passenger jet carrying 71 people crash-landed at London City Airport on Friday evening, scraping across the tarmac after part of its landing gear failed, officials and witnesses said. One person was taken to a hospital with a minor injury.

BA Flight 8456 was flying from Amsterdam to London and the airline said in a statement the four-engine plane's nosewheel failed on landing. Emergency slides were deployed to evacuate the passengers.

British Airways said the Avro 146-RJ100 -- made by BAE Systems -- was carrying 67 passengers and four crew.

London firefighters said the plane crashed onto the runway around 8 pm, and ambulance officials reported that four people were treated for minor injuries.

One of the passengers, Justin Fletcher, told the BBC that "there was obviously quite a loud bang as the plane scratched in. The stewards and stewardesses were quick to evacuate everyone off. There was a few scrapes and cuts due to hitting the asphalt. All in all everyone seems to be doing quite well now."

London City Airport, in the eastern part of the British capital, is mainly used for domestic and European flights. It handles around 80,000 flights a year, with just over 3 million passengers.