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Investigation launched after plane came off runway

Donegal Aiport at Carrickfin in west Donegal.
Donegal Aiport at Carrickfin in west Donegal. Donegal Aiport at Carrickfin in west Donegal.

AN investigation is being carried out into an incident at Donegal Airport after an Aer Lingus flight came off the runway while landing on a flight from Dublin.

None of the 17 passengers were hurt when the plane partially landed on a grass verge while landing during a severe thunder and lightning storm on Wednesday evening.

A spokesman for Stobart Air, which operates regional air routes in Ireland, confirmed that there had been what he described as a “minor incident” on the E13408 flight to the west Donegal airport.

He said: “Due to strong wind gusts, the aircraft momentarily drifted from the runway before being immediately redirected back onto the paved surface and making its way as normal to its parking position.”

Based in the Rosses in west Donegal, Donegal Airport is adjacent to the scenic Carrickfin Strand. The airport hosts scheduled flights to and from Dublin and Glasgow.