Plane crashes at London Southend Airport when undercarriage fails

A light aircraft with five people on board crashed when landing at London Southend Airport due to a collapsed nose wheel.

Eight fire appliances were sent to the scene at just after 13:00 BST, but when they arrived the passengers had got out of the plane which was on the runway.

Airport fire crews had laid down a foam protection blanket as a precaution.

Two adults and three children on board were shaken, but not hurt, and ambulance teams checked them over.

London Southend Airport said: "Shortly after 13:00 BST today a light aircraft suffered a collapsed nose wheel on landing at London Southend Airport.

"The runway was closed whilst the aircraft was recovered and the runway inspected. Five passengers on board were checked by the ambulance service but did not require hospital treatment.

'Undercarriage collapsed'

"The runway reopened at 14:30 BST. During the closure one Aer Lingus flight to Dublin and one Easyjet flight to Jersey were delayed and a private jet diverted to an alternative airport."

The privately-owned aircraft was based at Southend airport, a spokesman said.

Assistant Divisional Officer Martyn Hodde said: "It looks like the aircraft undercarriage collapsed on landing.

"The airport fire crews did an excellent job and laid out a foam blanket on the runway.

"Essex Fire Service were called in as a precaution to support them if it was needed."

The Air Accident Investigation Branch will be called in later.

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