A 747 plane has skidded off the runway at Doncaster Sheffield Aiport causing chaos for holidaymakers looking to fly to Poland after an emergency incident was declared

By Rosaleen Fenton

An emergency incident was reported at Doncaster Sheffield Airport this afternoon after a 747 aircraft skidded off the runway.

The runway is now closed in a blow to holidaymakers looking to jet abroad, with some flights set to depart this evening being delayed.

The Astral 747 cargo plane skidded off the runway earlier this afternoon.

An airport spokesman confirmed that there were no injuries reported following the incident.

No passengers except crew were onboard at the time

Photos taken at the scene today show fire crews on the ground.

Travellers set to fly to Katwoice and Gdansk in Poland from the airport today are advised to contact Wizz Air.

One witness tweeted: “The Astral 747 we saw has come off the runway nose gear embedded in the grass while backtracking.”

In a statement about the incident, a spokesman for Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We can confirm that the runway at DSA is temporarily closed due to a 747 freight aircraft requiring operational support.

“There were no passengers on board at the time of the incident, and there were no injuries to colleagues or crew.

“The freight on board the aircraft may be offloaded to aid recovery.

“The fire team attended to assess the situation, have confirmed that the aircraft is safe, and have now returned to the station.

“This will cause disruption to flights arriving and departing from DSA this afternoon.

“An inbound flight from Poznan will divert to Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) and the outbound passengers to Poznan will be provided with transport to meet their flight from LBA.

“At this time it is unclear how quickly the runway can reopen.

“Passengers traveling to Katowice and Gdansk this evening should keep in touch with their airline.

“Updates will be provided over the next few hours as the situation becomes clearer.”