Gatwick Airport runway reopens after fire crews rush to stricken plane

The runway at Gatwick Airport was blocked for a short period of time (June 28) due to a plane with hot breaks
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Airport fire crews were called into action at Gatwick on Friday afternoon (June 28) in response to a plane that had overheating breaks. The incident closed the airport’s main runway for a “short period of time” which is understood to have led to knock-on delays and diversions.

The stricken aircraft was due to depart the UK’s second busiest airport but was forced to abort the journey. The runway was confirmed to have reopened before 2pm.

A spokesperson for Gatwick Airport confirmed: “The runway is now open and operating.” They said: “The main runway was closed for a short period of time today (June 28) due to a departing aircraft having hot breaks.

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“Safety is our top priority and the dedicated airport fire service swiftly attended to support the aircraft.” A number of flights are said to have been diverted as a result of the blocked runway.

Travel journalist Simon Calder reported at least 12 diverted flights as a result of the Gatwick runway blockage, which he said would add to the busiest day of the year for aviation. The aircraft at the centre of the incident is thought to be a British Airways flight, according to tracking site Flightradar24.

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