Teesside airport to reopen after light aircraft crash

Teesside airport is due to reopen today after a light aircraft crash closed the runway on Saturday and forced flights to divert.

The closure enabled the Aircraft Accident and Investigation Branch (AAIB) to carry out work on the site and the aircraft involved in the incident was removed.

Several flights had to be diverted to Newcastle airport.

Teesside airport is to resume normal operations today.

Loganair said it fully expects to resume services at Teesside airport this morning after Saturday’s light aircraft incident.

An airport statement said: “It has been a difficult weekend for everyone involved in the incident.

“We would like to thank our amazing customers who have been so understanding while the airport has remained closed.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the three people on board the aircraft at the time who remain in hospital.”

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service general manager Rob Cherrie told the BBC the light aircraft “had taken off then come back down again very quickly” and fire crews had been “forced to cut the three people out of the plane”.

The AAIB confirmed a team was sent to investigate an accident involving a light aircraft that occurred at Teesside airport on Saturday.

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