New safety incident at Zaventem
6 September 2006, BRUSSELS — Another safety incident took place at Zaventem Airport on Sunday night following an emergency landing of an Airbus last week.
6 September 2006
BRUSSELS — Another safety incident took place at Zaventem Airport on Sunday night following an emergency landing of an Airbus last week.
The latest incident involved a Boeing, which was flying from Brussels to Lomé, the capital city of Togo.
Various sources said the President of Togo, Fauré Gnassingbe, was on board the flight, newspaper 'Le Soir' reported on Wednesday.
He had earlier met with the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel.
The pilot reportedly informed aviation authorities at about 8pm that there was a problem.
He feared that there was not enough fuel to land the plane.
Authorities than blocked all flights and the plane landed on runway 07. The plane allegedly landed on the runway in the opposite direction than normal.
The pilot had to apply the brakes hard, throwing up a cloud of black smoke.
Airport operator BIAC and air traffic control authority Belgocontrol have confirmed that a incident took place, but have refused to provide further details.
The incident comes after an SN Brussels Airlines plane made an emergency landing last week due to engine troubles.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news