Light aircraft carrying three passengers crash-lands at Southend Airport

London Southend Airport.
Picture: SIMON FOWLER

London Southend Airport. Picture: SIMON FOWLER - Credit: Archant

A plane crash-landed at an Essex airport today after the undercarriage collapsed, authorities have confirmed.

The three passengers on board the light aircraft when the incident happened at Southend Airport around 11.45am were uninjured.

The airport was shutdown for a short period of time, causing delays to one flight.

An airport spokeswoman said: “At around 11.45am this morning a light aircraft arriving at London Southend Airport left the runway on landing when the undercarriage collapsed and came to rest in adjacent grass.

“The three people on board the aircraft were all unharmed and left the aircraft unaided after it came to rest.

“The airport’s fire and rescue services responded to the incident and were quickly on the scene.

“The airport operations were suspended for a short time, causing only a six-minute delay to one flight.

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“The aircraft has now been moved and the airport is operating normally.”

Essex Police also attended the scene and a spokesman confirmed there were not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

The spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a plane which had come to rest on an area of grass at Southend Airport at around 11.45am on Sunday, February 11.

“We attended and do not believe there is anything suspicious involved.

“The incident is being handed over to the airport.”

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