Update: Air Accident Investigation Unit examines aircraft after emergency landing at Cork Airport

Update: Air Accident Investigation Unit examines aircraft after emergency landing at Cork Airport
The damaged Light Aircraft at Cork Airport.Picture: Jim Coughlan

THE pilot of a light aircraft had to make an emergency landing today after one of the aircraft's wheels failed.

The incident happened during a training flight when the aircraft suffered damage to its nosewheel on landing.

The damaged Light Aircraft at Cork Airport.
The damaged Light Aircraft at Cork Airport.

A spokesperson for the airport confirmed there was a technical issue with a Cessna 172 light aircraft on runway 25.

The two pilots, one a trainee, emerged from the incident unharmed and there was no impact on airport operations. 

The aircraft itself only suffered minimal damage and will be repaired and airborne again soon.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit has launched a formal investigation into the incident, which happened at lunchtime today. 

The instructor was overseeing a student pilot who flew several landings and take-offs when one of the aircraft’s wheels failed.

Emergency services were put on standby but the plane touched down safely. 

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