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Wheel failure but no injuries

Passengers on a weekend flight between Britain and Ireland escaped injury after the plane's nose wheel failed on landing.

Aer Arann, which was operating the Manchester to Shannon service for Aer Lingus, said the aircraft veered off the runway onto the grass. There were 21 passengers and four crew members onboard.

"All passengers and crew safely disembarked the aircraft and no injuries have been reported," an airline statement said.

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The plane left Manchester Airport at 8.50 a.m. on Sunday, July 17, and was due to arrive at Shannon at 10.15 a.m. Aer Arann said the aircraft was attempting to land on its second approach at around 10.30 a.m. when it experienced a suspected failure of the nose wheel landing gear. Emergency services were rushed to the scene.

"Aer Arann cannot speculate as to the cause of the incident, and the Irish Aviation Authority and Air Accident Investigation Unit branch of the Department of Transport have been informed," the statement added.

A spokesman for Shannon Airport confirmed all passengers and crew safely disembarked and were medically assessed in the airport terminal on arrival.

"There are no injuries reported. An air accident investigation unit will carry out an examination of the scene," he said.

All flights in and out of Shannon were suspended for most of the day.

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