By James Jeune

A LIGHT aircraft had to be pushed off the runway after an emergency landing at the Airport yesterday afternoon.

The single-engine plane was returning from a training flight southeast of the Island when the incident took place.

A Ports of Jersey spokesperson said that it landed safely but remained on the runway for around 25 minutes.

It was removed following an inspection, although the details of the incident have not yet been confirmed.

Footage captured by a nearby dog-walker showed the aircraft being pushed away with emergency vehicles in tow.

The Ports spokesperson said: ‘At 4.18pm yesterday a light aircraft returning from a training flight to the southeast of Jersey declared an emergency before landing at the airport. The aircraft landed safely at 4.26pm but remained on the runway until 4.50pm, when it was removed following an inspection.’

The incident comes less than two weeks after another light aircraft crashed into the sea off Jersey’s south-east coast.

Duncan Laisney and Paul Clifford were rescued by the St Helier inshore lifeboat after their Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six went down in the afternoon of 3 November. The pair were brought back to shore uninjured following a search involving all three RNLI lifeboats, Ports of Jersey’s pilot boat ‘Rival’, Channel Islands Air Search and a French rescue helicopter.