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Plane skids off runway at Leeds Bradford Airport as Storm Babet wreaks havoc


A Tui plane has skidded off the runway onto the grass at Leeds Bradford airport, as Storm Babet wreaks havoc across the UK with heavy rain and wind.

Emergency services were called to the incident, and were working alongside airport staff to remove passengers from the Tui Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

No one was hurt in the incident, but the closure of the runway has triggered diversions and delays.

<p>Emergency services are at the scene while no passengers were injured in the landing  </p>

Emergency services are at the scene while no passengers were injured in the landing

(Bradford T&A / SWNS)

Dramatic footage shared on social media showed the aircraft surrounded by firecrews, with other flights grounded at the airport.

Tui flight TOM3551 had flown normally from the Greek island of Corfu.

A statement posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service read: “We are in attendance at an incident at Aircraft Ground Incident at Leeds Bradford Airport, in conjunction with other emergency services. At this time, there are no reported injuries or fires.

“West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service command unit has now been stood down and remaining crews are now assisting in evacuating all persons from the aircraft to the terminal.

A spokesperson for Tui 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.”

With the emergency services in attendance, take-offs and landings have been halted – with a series of diversions to Manchester by incoming flights from Belfast on easyJet, Palma on Ryanair and Malaga on Jet2.

Dozen of departures are delayed with no indication of when they might resume.

The incident came as Yorkshire was hit by heavy rain and strong winds caused during Storm Babet, which has caused severe travel disruption across the industry.

In September 2022, a cargo plane veered off the runway at Montpellier airport in southern France, causing many cancellations.

On the railways, the entire LNER network has come to an almost total halt because of Storm Babet.

<p>Storm Babet has wreaked havoc across the UK  </p>

Storm Babet has wreaked havoc across the UK


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