Runways closed after precautionary landing
18 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — Schiphol Airport's 'Polder' runway was reopened shortly before 1am on Tuesday morning following the precautionary landing by a freight plane.
18 July 2006
AMSTERDAM — Schiphol Airport's 'Polder' runway was reopened shortly before 1am on Tuesday morning following the precautionary landing by a freight plane.
A second runway - known as 'Kaag' - remained closed for longer, officials at Amsterdam's international airport said.
The Boeing 747 suffered several burst tyres and damaged the lighting along the 'Polder' runway during takeoff. Once airborne, the pilot turned the plane around and landed safety on the other runway.
No one was injured in the incident but the plane suffered damage to its undercarriage, nose wheel and fuselage. It was not able to leave the runway under its own power and 'Kaag' was closed all night. A Schiphol spokesperson said the incident did not cause delays for other flights. The two runways are used mainly at night.
On 4 October 4 1992, a Boeing 747 cargo plane, operated by Israel's El Al airline, crashed into an apartment complex in Amsterdam's Bijlmer district shortly after takeoff from Schiphol. A total of 43 people, including the plane's crew, were killed.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news