(Adds BA, passenger comments)
LONDON Feb 13 Passengers used emergency slides
to evacuate a British Airways BAY.L plane when its nosewheel
collapsed on landing at London's City airport on Friday,
injuring four people, officials said.
The front undercarriage failed when BA flight 8456 from
Amsterdam landed at the east London airport on Friday evening
with 67 passengers and four crew on board, the airline said.
"As a precaution, the emergency slides were deployed and the
passengers were evacuated down the slides onto the runway," BA
said in a statement.
A passenger was taken to hospital with a minor injury and
one other minor injury was reported, BA said.
The London Ambulance Service, which sent six ambulance crews
to the airport, said four people were treated at the scene for
A BA spokeswoman said the plane was an RJ-100, a model
manufactured by BAE Systems (BAES.L).
Passenger Justin Fletcher told BBC Television: "It appeared
that it was coming in a bit quicker, and on landing the front
"There was obviously quite a loud bang as the plane scraped
in. Afterwards the stewards and stewardesses were quick to
evacuate everyone," he said. "Everyone was quite calm and
handled it all quite well."
Reuters photographer Andrew Winning, at the scene, said the
plane had come to a halt half-way down the runway, slumped on
its nose, with its emergency chutes out. The plane was ringed by
several emergency vehicles.
A Fire Brigade spokeswoman said the passengers and crew got
out of the plane before emergency services arrived. There was no
fire and the Fire Brigade did not have to intervene, she said.
A City airport spokesman could not immediately be reached
for comment, but Sky News said the airport was closed.
(Reporting by Adrian Croft and Dominic Evans; Editing by