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Bahrain Airport reopens after Gulf Air emergency

Technical fault on aircraft forced closure of Kingdom's airport.
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Bahrain International Airport reopened after technical fault on board an aircraft forced closing of the airport as emergency measures on Thursday.

The airport reopened its runway less than two and a half hours after damage sustained to the tyres of a Gulf Air aircraft required the closing of the airport as emergency measures were implemented immediately to deal with the situation and ensure safety.

All 51 passengers and seven crew members were disembarked and transported to the terminal safely and inbound flights to the airport during this brief period were diverted to neighbouring airports, the airport said in a press statement on Thursday.

Osama Alali, CEO of Bahrain Airport Company confirmed that at 04:15 UTC (7:15am local time) Air Traffic Control was informed of a technical fault on board Gulf Air GF522 scheduled to fly to Doha. The captain discontinued takeoff on the runway.

According to Airport director, Mohammed Thamer Al Kaabi, all concerned officials from Bahrain Airport Company, Civil Aviation Affairs, Bahrain Airport Services, and the Ministry of Interior's Civil Defense and security forces were dispatched immediately to the scene as well as engineers and technicians from Gulf Air's engineering department to repair damages sustained to the aircraft's wheels.

"Officials at Air Traffic Control coordinated with neighbouring airports to receive Bahrain bound flights, diverting five flights to Doha International Airport, two flights to Damam International Airport, one flight to Dubai International Airport and one flight to Sharjah International Airport," the statement said.

The runway was reopened at 06:35 UTC (9:35am local time) after repairing and towing the airport off the runway.

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