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NOC Closed Due To Overturned Fire Engine  
User currently offlineGWYIRE From Ireland, joined Sep 2005, 45 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4376 times:

I wonder what type of 'routine manoeuvre' would cause a fire engine to overturn on a runway

The runway at Ireland West Airport in Knock was closed this afternoon after a fire engine on a routine manoeuvre overturned.
Two firefighters were taken to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar as a precaution, while an inbound Ryanair flight from London Stansted was diverted to Shannon.

Officials said they hoped the runway would be reopened in time for evening flights from Gatwick and Dublin.

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User currently offlineEI787 From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1514 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4364 times:

Airport Travel Update

Due to an incidence at Ireland West Airport Knock this afternoon involving an airport vehicle undertaking routine inspections and maneuvers on the airfield, the airport has closed its runway for aircraft movements until further notice.
As a result of this incidence, the Ryanair London Stansted flight due in at 1620 has been diverted to Shannon. Alternative arrangements for passengers due to depart on this flight are being made.
Passengers intending to travel on other flights from the airport this evening are advised to check in as normal.
Ireland West Airport Knock is working to resume normal services as soon as possible and we regret any inconvenience caused to our customers.

It has since reopened though:

Airport Travel Update

Ireland West Airport Knock has reopened its runway and flights are now operating as normal. The airport regrets any inconvenience caused to passengers by today's closure.

FR 806 Knock-IrelandWest - London (Stansted) has been cancelled.

User currently offlineLitz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4273 times:
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This is a standard airport ARFF fire engine, right?

While I know those things have some scary acceleration - after all, they DO have to get to the scene of an aircraft incident post-haste - they are also very wide and squat, with a fairly low center of gravity.

Just what were they doing where they managed to flip one?

That had to have been some serious manouevering ...

- litz

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