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Airbus slides off runway at Stockholm airport

An official investigation is underway after an Iran Air plane about to leave for Teheran on Saturday slid off the runway at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm. None of the 173 people onboard were hurt.

Airbus slides off runway at Stockholm airport

It was unclear why the incident occurred. “Some 100, 150 meters out on the runway (the plane) made a very slow turn and got stuck in the snow on the side of the runway,” Arlanda spokesman Jan Lindqvist told AFP.

He ruled out the possibility of icy conditions because the plane was moving so slowly. Other possibilities might include a braking problem or one motor running faster than the other.

Two other runways remained open. The Airbus was moved into shelter for investigations by the Swedish Accident Investigation Board (Haverikommission).

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Plane hits wall at Stockholm Arlanda Airport

A passenger plane operated by Air India ran into an exterior wall at Arlanda Airport on Wednesday.

Plane hits wall at Stockholm Arlanda Airport
File photo: Lars Pehrson/SvD/TT
The tip of the plane’s left wing collided with a building some 50 meters from Terminal 5, police wrote in a short press release. 
 
The Boeing airliner had just arrived in Stockholm from New Delhi with 179 passengers on board. According to police, no one was injured and the passengers were able to disembark via a rolling stairway and then walk the short distance to the terminal. 
 
The accident occurred just before 6pm as the plane was taxing to its designated gate. 
 
A spokesperson for Swedavia, which operates a number of airports in Sweden including Arlanda, said that the cause of the accident wasn’t immediately clear. 
 
“The plane came from New Delhi. We can’t say exactly what happened. We are looking into it,” Robert Pletzin told TT. 
 
The incident has not affected traffic at Arlanda, he said. 
 
Video provided to Aftonbladet appears to show the tip of the plane’s left wing stuck in the exterior wall. A witness told the newspaper that the incident resulted in “complete chaos”.
 
“It was filled with police cars, firetrucks, you name it. I said, ‘Shit, the wing is stuck in the wall. You’ve got to be kidding me’,” the witness said. 
 
 
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