Friday, February 06, 2009

(Update) London City Airport Runway Closed After Incident

It has been reported that a British Airways RJ city flyer plane which had taken off from Glasgow, carrying 25 passengers damaged it's front wheel while landing at London City Airport this afternoon. The runway was closed for a period of time following the incident. All passengers and crew were thankfully unharmed. You can see comments about the incident by clicking here.

It seems that London City Airports PR spin machine tried to keep it as quiet as possible with carefully placed information (or lack of it) in as few places as possible. Click here. The reason could be that they have had such a bad week with the snow closing the airport and having to cancel and/or divert flights to other airports. The other is that this is not the first time an incident like this has happened. Just a couple of years ago a Swissair jet managed to burst its tyres on landing and sustain fueslage damage so badly that it had to be floated out of the airport.

London City Airport has been getting more and more bad PR as more and more fact based information is coming out that they do not want the general public to see.

However such incidents once again highlight the potential risks of having an airport in the middle of the most densely residentially occupied area in the country, and the collusive and secretive methods of the airport in withholding information from the general public.

More planes = more risk.
More planes=more LCA spin to bury the negatives.