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BA jet's wheel collapses on landing

THE nosewheel of a British Airways passenger jet collapsed with a loud bang as it landed on Friday at London City Airport, sending the plane scraping across the tarmac with 71 people aboard, officials and witnesses said.

All aboard escaped by emergency slides, but one person was taken to hospital with a minor injury.

BA Flight 8456 was flying from Amsterdam to London when its front landing gear failed and the front wheel fell off. "As a precaution the emergency slides were deployed and passengers were evacuated down the slides onto the runway," the airline said. "One passenger suffered a minor injury."

The airline said the Avro 146 RJ100°? was carrying 67 passengers and four crew. Firefighters said the plane crashed onto the runway around 8pm.


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