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10 injured as KLM plane veers off runway

29 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — A KLM plane with 140 people on board veered off the runway upon landing at Barcelona Airport Sunday, but no one was seriously hurt in the incident, airport officials said.

The landing gear of the KLM Boeing 737-400 arriving from Amsterdam was seriously damaged in the accident. It remains unclear what caused the problem.

Some 10 people suffered light injuries and were treated at the scene by doctors. The Dutch airline said two people were taken to hospital for further treatment.

The main runway of El Prat airport in Barcelona was closed to traffic following the incident, forcing the rerouting of five incoming flights.

A team of 20 KLM staff members departed for Barcelona at about midnight Sunday to care for stranded passengers and investigate the cause of the accident. Passengers were given the opportunity to fly home to the Netherlands.

Some six crew were on board flight KL 1673 and all passengers and crew were forced to evacuate the plane via emergency exit slides after landing at about 6.50pm on Sunday.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news