THERE was major disruption to flight schedules at Cork Airport yesterday with several cancellations and diverted flights after the nose wheel of a private jet burst before takeoff.
The plane, a Cessna Citation 750 Model, was attempting to take off when the wheel burst on the main runway. No injuries were sustained in the incident but the main runway was shut bringing airport operations to a standstill.
A crane was dispatched to the runway to remove the aircraft as officials scrambled to return flight schedules to normal running orders but many passengers were severely impacted.
A video which emerged of the aircraft showed the wheel extensively damaged after airport fire crew arrived at the scene.
The incident turned out to be more disruptive than originally thought with airport officials initially tweeting that there would be only "minor" disruption.
Passengers were told all flights would be delayed by a minimum of two hours. However, some flights were delayed by up to six hours.
Flights Paris and Malaga were cancelled while incoming flights from Gdansk, Faro, Dusseldorf and two from Paris were diverted to Shannon.
Three incoming Aer Lingus flights from London were also cancelled.
At 7.30pm on Sunday evening Cork Airport officials issued a statement confirming the runway had reopened.
“The main runway Cork Airport has been reopened after an earlier incident with a jet aircraft that burst a nose wheel prior to take off.
“We apologise for the obvious inconvenience this has caused our passengers this afternoon."
However, passengers left stranded by the delays took to social media to vent their frustration.
One woman who was waiting for a flight tweeted: “Still in @CorkAirport have received no food vouchers after five hours wait, no shops are open and even the vending machines aren’t working. Absolute joke. I really feel for those with young kids, what a nightmare. Flight being delayed every hour. We should have been put in hotels.”