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11 injured in Senegal airport incident

Reports monitored on Seneweb indicate that eleven people were injured on Thursday, four of them seriously, when a Boeing overshot the runway during take-off, an incident that led to the closure of Diass Blaise Diagne International Airport.

According to Seneweb, the B737/300 aircraft, chartered from a private airline, Transair, on its way to Bamako, ‘ran off the runway during take-off on Thursday 9 May 2024 at around 01:00’.

This information was confirmed by the communications department of the airport management group in a press release.

The incident resulted in ‘eleven injuries, four of which were serious’ among the 78 passengers, said the operator, who added that the airport was ‘closed for the time being until the necessary measures have been taken’.

Six other passengers were admitted for observation in the airport’s medical services, according to the same source.

‘The reopening of the airport will be announced in the next few hours’, added the LAS management group, made up of a trio comprising the Turks from Limak, the state-owned Blaise Diagne International Airport in Diass (AIBD) and the Turks from Summa.

The aircraft ‘came to rest’ off the runway, explains LAS in the press release.  ‘The emergency plan was activated by the airport authorities as soon as the information was communicated to them. All the airport’s emergency services were mobilised to evacuate the passengers and take care of them as planned’.

Source: Seneweb..

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