Plane damaged in 'heavy landing' at Bristol Airport

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The plane was damaged during landing at Bristol Airport earlier in the month

An investigation has begun after a passenger plane was damaged at Bristol Airport during what the airline involved called a "heavy landing".

The Thomson Airways flight travelling from Cancun in Mexico made the landing on 3 October.

The Boeing 767 involved in the incident has been withdrawn from service while engineers check it.

A statement from Thomson Airways said no passengers or crew were injured during the landing.

It confirmed the plane had sustained damage to the fuselage and landing gear in the incident.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has confirmed it has started an investigation.

Thomson Airways said that "all customers disembarked the aircraft as normal".

The firm added that it maintains its aircraft "to the highest standards" and has an "excellent" safety record.

"The airline will be working closely with the relevant authorities to establish the cause of the incident."

Plans for repairs to the aircraft were currently being finalised, the statement said.

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