Air Europa charter skids off Lanzarote runway

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Car Rental News - 03/11/2008


A plane with dozens of UK holidaymakers on board skidded off the runway at the Canary Islands airport on Friday.

As a result of the incident, the runway was closed for three hours, but there were no injuries reported, according to the airport authority.

The Air Europa flight was a Thomas Cook charter that arrived at 7:30am, and skidded off the runway at Lanzarote airport, a spokesman for the airport said to CNN.

The flight had originated in Glasgow, and was carrying a total of 80 passengers and crew.

A Thomas Cook spokesman spoke to the British Press Association, and said: "We can confirm that an Air Europa flight (AEA196), which was charted by Thomas Cook, was involved in a runway incident at Lanzarote's Arrecife Airport this morning. Thomas Cook staff were on hand at the airport to assist all passengers and can confirm that all guests are now en route to their holiday hotels.”

He added: "Thomas Cook has called on Air Europa and the airport authorities to provide a full explanation."

Air Europa reported that the incident was under investigation and that the plane had not been damaged.

The runway was reopened at 10:25am local time, after the plane was moved, officials said.

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