Flight from Glasgow skids off runway this morning

An Air Europa flight that departed from Glasgow this morning, slid off the runway when landing at the airport at Lanzarote.

The passengers had to be evacuated from the aircraft when the plane went off the landing strip just moments after touching the ground. It finally stopped moving close to the airport perimeter fence down a small embankment close to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Boeing-737 was carrying 74 passengers, including dozens of Scottish holidaymakers. Luckily, no one was harmed in the accident, but the Lanzarote’s Arrecife airport was still closed for several hours after the dramatic landing at about 7 am.

A spokesman for Thomas Cook, who chartered the flight said: “Thomas Cook staff were on hand at the airport to assist all passengers and can confirm that all guests are now en route to their holiday hotels”.

Air Europe has not given any explanation as to why the plane left the runway and have only stated the fact that there was a problem during the landing. Some passengers have said that they felt a strong vibration from the wings just before the plane hit the ground.

To watch a video from the aftermath of the accident click here.