Leeds Bradford Airport operations return to normal after TUI landing caused runway closure

By Lisa James
23/10/2023
Home » Leeds Bradford Airport operations return to normal after TUI landing caused runway closure

Leeds Bradford Airport says it’s operating normally today following last Friday’s incident when a TUI Boeing 737 came off the runway during Storm Babet.

Photos posted on social media show the Boeing 737 resting in a muddy field at the edge of the runway.

No-one was injured during the incident, which happened just after 2pm, however, the runway was forced to close until Saturday.

At the time, an LBA spokesperson said: “We can confirm TUI flight TOM3551 arriving from Corfu at LBA this afternoon has moved off the runway whilst landing.

“We are working with the airline, relevant operations teams and emergency authorities to address this situation and remove passengers from the aircraft safely.”

A TUI spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident at Leeds Bradford Airport this afternoon, in which upon landing flight TOM3551 slightly veered off while turning into the taxiway.

“There are no reported injuries, and our ground team are on hand to support passengers as they disembark.”

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service told the Yorkshire Evening Post at around 3.40pm that the unit has been stood down, adding: “Remaining crews are now assisting in evacuating all persons from the aircraft to the terminal.”

Jet2 posted on Twitter/X on Friday evening to say: “Following the closure of the runway at Leeds Bradford Airport today, all of our flights due to arrive into Leeds Bradford for the rest of the day will be diverting to other airports or will be delayed with customers given hotel accommodation in destination.”

The Air Accident Investigations Branh is investigating the incident. Travel Gossip has asked TUI for an update.

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