The incident will be looked into by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch
By Tom Mack – Senior Reporter
A runway at East Midlands Airport was closed after a small plane crash during landing.
No one was injured in the incident, which saw the Harvard T6 light plane’s undercarriage buckle and collapse as it landed, sending it spinning and screeching across the runway.
The airport’s fire and rescue teams rushed to the plane, which is believed to be a Rolls-Royce training airport.
The aircraft had to stay on the runway until the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch gave permission to move it. It was then removed using a crane and the runway was able to re-open again by about 1pm.
The airport said no passenger services were affected by the incident.
However, two flights were diverted to Birmingham airport due to the closure of the runway.
A statement from East Midlands Airport after the incident said: “A Harvard T6 aircraft (reg. KF183) which is used for training purposes, encountered a technical issue upon landing at East Midlands Airport this morning.
“Our fire teams were on the scene immediately and fortunately the two crew were unharmed. Normal operations have now resumed.””
Anthony Rose, 42, was watching as the Harvard aircraft came in to land at East Midlands Airport.
He had been using the Flight Radar website to spot aircraft and noted the flight was not a listed one.
He told DerbyshireLive: “I was just watching when I saw the Harvard fly past. I didn’t see anything on it on the Fight Radar and thought that was odd.
“The next thing I heard a loud bang and screech, like a car breaking or wheel spinning, and I could see the aircraft spinning on the runway.
“It was really shocking. I’ve never seen a plane crash before. it wasn’t a nice thing to see at all.
“We were hearing on the radio that the airport had been closed, but we also heard that the crew were ok, so it was really good to hear that.”