Newcastle International Airport in the north east of the UK was the scene of an aircraft runway overshoot late on 25 November 2010.
The incident took place in wintry conditions and saw the airliner involved run past the end of Newcastle International Airport’s single runway. While the Boeing 737 went beyond the point where it should have stopped, it remained on hard ground, according to comments made by representatives of the Emergency Services that attended the scene.
Operated by Thomson Airways, the 737-800 – a late-series Boeing 737 model – had touched down at Newcastle International Airport after flying in from Lanzarote with a total of 188 passengers on board.
No passenger injuries were recorded as a result of the overshoot and, according to an airport representative, the aircraft was ultimately moved off the runway to allow airport operations to resume. A temporary runway closure had been in force, but only for a limited time.
Newcastle Runway Overshoot
An investigation is now underway into the exact reasons for the Newcastle runway overshoot.
‘We can confirm that at approximately 2100 this evening a Thomson Fly Boeing 737-800 aircraft came to a halt at the eastern end of the Newcastle International Airport runway’, Newcastle Airport stated. ‘The aircraft was returning from Arrecife [Airport, also known as Lanzarote Airport]. The front nose wheel of the aircraft remained on the hard surface of the runway at all times.’
Last month, Newcastle International Airport was in the news when it was awarded the title of Best UK Airport in the sub-six million passengers category.
Newcastle Airport Runway
Newcastle International Airport’s runway is 7,641 feet long and, in 2009, approximately 70,000 take offs and landings took place on it. Among the airlines that use it are Air France, British Airways, Easyjet, Flybe, KLM and Ryanair.
The Boeing 737-800 sits within the US aircraft manufacturer’s ‘Next Generation’ series, updating the basic Boeing 737 aircraft that dates back to the 1960s. Next Generation 737s, like the -800 model, feature enhanced interiors, more efficient and quieter engines and, in the case of the 800, distinctive winglets.
Thomson Airways operates a total of 13 737-800s and it has eight examples of the latest Boeing, the 787 Dreamliner, on order.
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