French airport closed ‘indefinitely’ after cargo plane overshoots runway into a lake

A cargo plane ended up with its nose in a lake after overshooting the runway at the French airport of Montpellier, causing the facility to be ‘indefinitely’ closed.


The French airport of Montpellier was this morning, Saturday, September 24, closed ‘indefinitely’ after an aircraft overshot the runway and ended up nose-first in a lake. After coming in to land at just before 3am local time, the Boeing 737 cargo plane finished up with its nose in a lagoon located at the far end of the runway.

At least 60 firefighters were immediately deployed to the scene, although there were no injuries reported to the crew of the West Atlantic flight that was carrying air freight. The crew of three people on board the jet managed to leave the stricken plane unassisted.

Montpellier Airport serves the Mediterranean coast of France, located some four miles outside the city. Local authorities reported that the airport would remain closed to both cargo and passenger flights until the aircraft is removed. A full investigation into the incident is reportedly underway to determine what happened.


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