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Why would the normal West Yorkshire fire service attend the incident, I would have thought the airport fire service would have sufficed considering there were no serious injuries and it doesn't appear to be too bad an accident.
Does anyone know where it is currently parked, because it looked to be partially on/off the runway on the news, as others have said and that it cannot be moved, yet if flights have resumed, how could it be in this position.
It is standard procedure that the local public fire service attend an aircraft incident. What is interesting is that once they arrive on scene, they usually take control and relieve the airport fire service of their duties, although the airport fire service will still be onhand to assist.
When there is such an incident, usually the Control Tower will hit a large red button that sounds the crash alarm at the airport alerting the fire service and this also alerts the public emergency services who will do an all out response as at that stage they won't know the full details and so it might seem like an over reaction, but in the first few seconds (bearing in mind an a/c is still probably moving when that button is hit) they won't know what the outcome is at that stage, so better to have it all and not need it than to need everything and it not be there.
When an a/c is inbound to LHR
on a full emergency that is known about before hand, all the available emergency services will be sent to the airport "just incase". 99.9% of the time it isn't needed and they are quickly stood down, but what if you were on that 0.1% of a/c that did need them all and they were not there because most other times they were not needed !!. It looks quite cool at night seeing them all lined up at the RVP next to 27R/09L all with their blue lights flashing.
Regarding the airport still being in use, there are 2 runways at LBA
, 09/27 and 14/32. Most of the smaller turbo props can use 09/27 for take off and landing, but the TORA and LDA have been reduced on 14/32 to allow other a/c to use the runway. I believe that inbound a/c are landing towards the incident on 14 and departing a/c are going off away from in down 32.
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