Leeds Bradford airport closed after plane skids off runway while landing during storm

Extreme weather brought by Storm Babet has caused severe flooding and disrupted travel across Europe

Emergency services workers next to the passenger plane that veered off the runway at Leeds Bradford Airport. PA
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A UK airport has been closed after a plane skidded off the runway during Storm Babet, which has battered Britain.

A Tui aircraft that flew from Corfu to Leeds Bradford Airport skidded off the runway as it attempted to land.

“We can confirm TUI Flight TOM3551 arriving from Corfu at LBA this afternoon has moved off the runway while landing," a representative for the airport said.

“We are working with the airline, relevant operations teams and emergency authorities to address this situation and remove passengers from the aircraft safely.”

Officials said no one was injured in the incident and that the airport was closed.

“We can confirm there are no reported injuries from this incident and that all passengers have now safely disembarked the aircraft," they said.

"The airport is now closed. We are working with the airline, relevant operations teams and emergency authorities to resolve this situation and return services safely as quickly as possible.

"We ask passengers to contact their airline to check the status of their flight before travelling to the airport.”

Flights at the airport had faced disruption owing to the storm.

The delays to arriving flights initially were minor, but departures were more tumultuous, with some airlines facing substantial delays.

Delays had lasted beyond three hours in some cases.

Storm Babet causes havoc in the UK

Storm Babet has unleashed chaos across the UK and continental Europe, causing severe flooding and major travel disruption.

At least two people have been killed in Scotland – a woman swept away by floodwaters and a man struck by a falling tree.

Emergency rescue operations and urgent flood prevention work are under way across various regions.

This is a developing story

Updated: October 20, 2023, 4:19 PM