At 10:17am, flight number B1234 crash landed on the runway and veered off onto the grass before setting on fire. At 11:15am Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue service got to the scene.
The flight was operated by Jock Air and was landing from Amsterdam when an aircraft emergency was declared. The emergency services rushed to the to help the passengers.
31 people were on board the Jock Air flight, but Police say everyone has been accounted for. The injured passengers have now been taken to the Hertfordshire General Infirmary by the Herefordshire Ambulance service.
Louise Pountain, one of the injured passengers said “It was horrendous, there was things hanging down from the cabins and I could here hear crying.”
Before the crash, there had been two other documented incidents with Jock Air flights in the last 3 years, both where pilot errors.
James Thompson, an aviation expert concluded flight B1234 was the same type of plane than the two, where previous incidents occurred. The police are not investigating any crime until the Aircraft Accident Investigation Branch take over the scene.
Richard Caldwell, Hertforshire Police, said, “This event is not being treated as suspicious, the intention is to preserve life and limb to make sure that everyone is well and cared for.”
Due to the crash Hertfordhire International Airport was closed until further notice. The A965, Wimbles Lane and Pinecone lane were closed and officers were manning them.
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