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Thursday, January 17, 2008

British Prime Minister delayed as airliner crash lands at Heathrow

An international passenger plane has crash landed short of the south runway at Heathrow Airport after losing its rear undercarriage. All 136 passengers and 16 crew escaped from the British Airways flight BA038 from Beijing. Six people have been taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown was due to leave Heathrow on another plane for India and China but was delayed as a result. The BBC's Nick Robinson was on board that plane.

John McDonnell MP, whose Hayes and Harlington constituency includes Heathrow, told the BBC that the incident underlined concerns about extending the airport. "This is a near miracle that neither passengers or anyone on the ground has been seriously injured," Mr McDonnell said. Food for thought, indeed.


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