Jet makes hard landing at Rotterdam
18 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — A passenger jet smashed its tail section into the runway during a hard landing at Rotterdam Airport on Tuesday.
18 July 2006
AMSTERDAM — A passenger jet smashed its tail section into the runway during a hard landing at Rotterdam Airport on Tuesday.
The Airbus A321 operated by Turkish airline Onur Air was badly damaged and cannot fly until repairs are carried out. All 154 passengers and the seven crew escaped injury, the Dutch national police service KLPD said. The plane was travelling from Antalya in Turkey to Rotterdam.
A spokesperson for Rotterdam Airport confirmed the plane was in service with Onur Air. The airline received a two-week ban in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland last year after inspectors reported several serious failings.
Dutch Airline Inspectorate IVW reported last month that the airline had put its house in order.
The KLPD said the Airbus's pressurised cabin was damaged during the accident and the cause of the hard landing is under investigation. Experts said the plane can be repaired.
Nedim Gürbüz, deputy president of Onur Air, indicated he would hold off making a statement until he has seen the pilot's report. This is expected by Wednesday at the latest.
Travel agency Komfly, that takes bookings for Onur Air in the Netherlands, said it received several calls from passengers after the accident. "We explained to them what happened and that it does not pose any further problems." No scheduled flights have been cancelled.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news