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Passenger plane careers off runway at Highland airport after landing

The Flybe aircraft left the runway at Inverness Airport after travelling from Manchester.

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A passenger plane has careered off the runway at Inverness Airport.

The Flybe aircraft, which was carrying 48 passengers - including an infant - and four crew, skidded on the runway and ran on to grass surrounding the airstrip after landing on Monday morning.

The flight arrived from Manchester shortly after 10am amid temperatures of -3C at the airport.

Nobody was injured in the incident and passengers were able to leave the aircraft safely.

A Flybe spokeswoman said: "When taxiing at low speed at the end of the runway having landed safely at Inverness Airport this morning, the wheels of the aircraft skidded on the surface of the airfield, causing it to slide on to the grass.

“The 47 passengers and four crew were unharmed and exited the aircraft by the stairs for bus transfer to the terminal where they collected their luggage as normal.

“The safety of passengers and crew is the airline’s number one priority and Flybe regrets any inconvenience experienced as a result of this incident.“

A spokesman for Inverness Airport said: "The airport opened following the standard winter operations processes and the runway and taxiway surfaces were prepared for aircraft operations in accordance with our licensing requirements.

"There is no indication that there were any issues with the runway or taxiway surface conditions, following a number of early morning arrivals and departures.

"As this incident is subject to investigation we cannot speculate on the cause at this point in time. The airport will be closed to aircraft movements until 2.15pm and passengers should check in as normal and contact their airlines for further information."

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