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London airport resumes operations, a day after crash landing

world Updated: Feb 14, 2009 23:25 IST

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Flights resumed at the London City airport on Saturday but with some delays, a day after 71 people had a miraculous escape on the runway as their plane's front wheel gear collapsed upon landing.

Planes have been landing and taking off today but delays have been caused as some aircrafts were at different airports due to diversions, a spokesman of the city airport said.

The crash happened at about 7.40 pm on Friday when flight BA 8456 from Amsterdam, with 67 passengers and four crew members on board, crash-landed on the runway, with the front wheel coming off as the plane hit the ground.

Passengers and crew were evacuated from the plane by emergency slides, and four people were treated for minor injuries.

The crash was the second such incident at the airport in just over a week - on February 5 the airport's runway was closed because of a bent nose wheel on another aircraft of the same type.

Smoke filled the cabinet as the British airways flight was involved in a "hard landing" last evening.

Six ambulances and a number of fire engines and police cars were sent as a precaution. There was no immediate explanation for the failure of the front wheel, and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch is investigating the case.