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NOC Closed Due To Overturned Fire Engine

Thu Sep 14, 2006 3:25 am

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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RE: NOC Closed Due To Overturned Fire Engine

Thu Sep 14, 2006 3:37 am

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.
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RE: NOC Closed Due To Overturned Fire Engine

Thu Sep 14, 2006 6:47 am

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