British holiday jet lands in wrong place – Yahoo! Travel UK
British holiday jet lands in wrong place
By Paul Johnston
A Thomson Airways holiday flight landed in the wrong place at Paphos airport in Cyprus.
The Boeing 737, which was carrying 189 passengers and seven crew, had been allocated a landing spot at the airport but instead touched down on a taxiway yesterday, reports Metro.
The taxiway, which was a concrete strip next to the runway, had no other aircraft on it at the time and passengers were unharmed.
The airline said the holidaymakers ‘were calm and in good spirits’ when they disembarked.
Speaking about the incident, the British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said: "We are in discussion about what exactly happened with the airline.
"Our understanding is that on approach to the airport they lined up with the taxiway rather than the runway and landed on the taxiway."
A spokesperson for Thomson spokesman confirmed that the flight from Robin Hood airport in Doncaster was involved in incident.
He added: "Thomson Airways maintains its aircraft to the highest standards and has an excellent safety record. The airline would like to reassure customers that incidents of this type are extremely rare and that their safety is our first priority at all times.
"As is normal practice, the airline will be conducting a full and thorough investigation into this incident."
Cypriot authorities and the Air Accident Investigation Branch are also investigating.
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