RAF Tornado makes emergency landing at British airport

Other News Materials 5 August 2008 23:48 (UTC +04:00)

A Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado fighter jet Tuesday made an emergency landing at Newcastle International Airport in north-west England after being diverted following a birdstrike, an airport spokeswoman said, dpa reported.

The military aircraft overshot the runway and was in the process of landing when it failed to stop. It was diverted to the civilian airport after suffering birdstrike while in the air, she said.

The spokeswoman said it was unclear if the earlier birdstrike affected the plane's ability to stop.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in London said the crew were not thought to have been injured, but they were awaiting further details.

The airport's only runway is currently closed and flights have been diverted to other airports in the region.