Shannon Airport has been closed with all flights suspended on Thursday morning due to an “incident.”
🇮🇪 Flight operations at Shannon have been temporarily suspended after a plane had to be evacuated this morning.
▫️Air traffic controllers noticed a fire and smoke coming from an Omni Air Boeing 767-300´s landing gear as it taxied along the runway.
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Passengers were evacuated from a Boeing 763 plane and emergency services were in attendance.
It has been claimed that “Air traffic controllers noticed a fire and smoke coming from an Omni Air Boeing 763-300´s landing gear as it taxied along the runway.”
The airport said on Twitter, “We are currently working to remove the aircraft from the scene of the incident so we can resume safe operations on the runway. This may take some time.”
The Irish Times reported that smoke was seen coming from its landing gear, and witnesses said airports fire engines sprayed foam under the plane.
The Omani Air flight was carrying US military personnel, it is believed.
In a statement to PA, a spokesman for the airport said: “Shannon Group has confirmed that airport operations at Shannon Airport have been temporarily suspended this morning due to an incident involving a Boeing 763 aircraft, Omni Air International 531, on the runway.
“The airport operations team are currently working with the operator to remove the aircraft from the runway.
“Intending passengers are asked to contact their airline. Further updates will be available on the airport twitter page.”
“We can confirm that an incident has occurred at Shannon Airport involving a Boeing 763 aircraft.