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Montpellier Airport In France Shuts Down Following Plane's Water Landing
There was an accident at Montpellier Airport in France. It’s the stuff of nightmares whether you have mild anxiety about flying in a plane or full blown aviophobia.
Over the weekend, a Boeing 737 took off from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Upon arrival at Montpellier Airport, News 18 reports “the pilot overshot the runway, causing it to drop its nose down into a lake beside the runway. The plane’s engine submerged into the water, leading to damage. Luckily, the three people onboard managed to escape with very minor injuries and have been rescued.”
Fortunately, it was a cargo plane rather than a commercial one. The reason for the accident is still being investigated at the time of this article.
France’s Bureau d’enquêtes et d’analyses (BEA) posted some frightening photos of the plane tilted into the lagoon on Twitter.
Flight Radar 24 reports that in response to the incident, “11 flights were canceled on Saturday.” Carriers impacted by this included Air France, EasyJet and KLM among others. Montpellier Airport decided on Sunday to cancel 12- morning services (six landings and six departures). Although afternoon flights are still scheduled, there is no guarantee that they will be operated.