Bahrain airport closed following DHL engine blast

Logistics company's Airbus A300 stalls on airport runway.
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Thousands of passengers were delayed by the temporary closure of Bahrain International Airport yesterday, after the engine of a DHL cargo plane experienced a “blowout” on the runway.

An investigation is expected into the incident, which sources claim was the result of a bird-strike to the Airbus A300’s engine.

More than a dozen incoming flights were diverted and several outgoing services delayed as a result of the closure, which lasted around two-and-a-half hours, according to a report in the Gulf Daily News.

An official from Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) confirmed that incoming and outgoing flights resumed at 10am, after debris was cleared from the runway.

"There was oil and metal on the runway after the incident and that took a while to clear. The airport is now normal," he told Gulf Daily News.

Bahrain Airport Company has been urged by local MP Abdulhaleem Murad to conduct a full review of all cargo companies to avoid a repeat incident.

"It is regretful that a 40-year-old aircraft is allowed to operate through the airport without any control," he said. "A worse scenario would have been if the aircraft had fallen after takeoff, causing huge loss of lives.”

UPDATE: DHL issues statement on Bahrain engine blowout

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