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Plane Skids Off Runway in Ireland

September 18, 1999

SHANNON, Ireland (AP) _ An Aer Lingus jet arriving from New York rolled off the end of the runway at Shannon airport this morning after landing in high winds, but none of the 317 passengers aboard was injured, the airline said.

``There were no injuries and no need to make an emergency evacuation,″ said Dan Loughrey, director of corporate affairs for Aer Lingus. Earlier reports that the plane skidded off the runway were incorrect, he said.

The passengers aboard Aer Lingus flight EI112 were kept aboard the aircraft for an hour. The plane’s undercarriage was damaged but the fuselage was not affected, according to Shannon air traffic control.

The McDonnell Douglas MD11 aircraft, operated for Aer Lingus by World Airways, landed in strong winds and rain and rolled off the runway, Loughrey said.

In addition to the passengers, the aircraft had a flight crew of three and about 10 cabin crew, Loughrey said.

The flight originated at John F. Kennedy airport in New York, and was to fly on to Belfast, Northern Ireland. The 34 passengers going to Belfast were transferred to buses, Loughrey said.

The airport was closed and several flights, including two other flights arriving from New York and Boston, were diverted because of the incident.

The Department of Transport, the Irish Aviation Authority and Air Lingus were investigating.

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