A Ryanair flight from Frankfurt suffered “substantial damage” as it made an emergency landing at Rome’s Ciampino airport.
The budget airline said the aircraft experienced engine problems from multiple bird strikes as it came in to land at Rome’s second largest airport, which has since been temporarily closed.
Passengers used emergency chutes to exit the plane, which remains on the runway with one engine resting on the tarmac because of damage to the landing gear.
All 166 passengers were evacuated. Ryanair said that two cabin crew and eight passengers were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
The aircraft, on flight FR4102 from Frankfurt to Rome, is being examined by Ryanair engineers and the Italian Aviation Authority. An engine had begun to smoke as the plane was coming in to land and it then rapidly descended, according to passenger reports.
Ryanair said the airport would be closed until some time on Monday afternoon.
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