Plane carrying US military personnel evacuated on runway
Flights have been halted at Shannon Airport after a passenger jet carrying US military personnel had to be evacuated on the runway, reports the Irish Times.
The Omni Air International jet Boeing 767-300 was cleared for departure and taxiing to the runway when smoke was spotted by air traffic controllers who alerted the flight crew.
Omni Air International is a civilian airline that transports personnel for the United State’s military.
Passengers and crew evacuated the plane via two emergency slides and airport fire crews were scrambled to extinguish the fire.
The only operational runway at Shannon has been closed. All operations have been suspended.
In a Twitter post, the airport said: “Due to an incident at the airport all flights have been temporarily suspended.”
An updated post later confirmed: “We can confirm that an incident has occurred at Shannon Airport involving a Boeing 763 aircraft. Emergency services are in attendance. All passengers and crew have disembarked. Airport operations temporarily suspended.”