Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa

Lanseria runway closed after plane's landing gear fails

Johannesburg -  Lanseria International Airport's runway has been closed after a Beechcraft Baron aircraft landed on it undercarriage, following landing gear failure on Thursday morning.

Lanseria spokesperson, Claudette Vianello confirmed that the crash-landing took place and that none of the four people on board have been injured.

"The runway has been closed to be able to complete a full inspection and it will be reopened once the aircraft has been removed," Vinello said.

The runway is expected to re-open in an hour at about 10:15 (GMT). Passengers affected are being advised to contact their respective airlines.

This is the second incident in February at Lanseria, after a Beechcraft King Air BE90 twin-engine aircraft crashed at ealier in the month, killing all three people on board. . 

The incident is suspected to have been a controlled terrain crash after bad weather in the region.

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