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Delays at Irish airport after freight plane gets stuck on runway

Delays at Irish airport after freight plane gets stuck on runway

Flights have been cancelled and arrivals suspended at Belfast International Airport after a plane burst its tyres on the runway.

The incident happened just before 6am on Tuesday with the plane left stranded at the junction between the two runways, causing major disruption with the airport having to be closed.

Graham Keddie, managing director of the airport, told the BBC that the incident happened at "the wrong place and at the wrong time".

He said the freight plane was being unloaded for it to be recovered and one runway had been freed up to allow planes to land.

"We are doing all we can," said Mr Keddie, "and we are asking people to bear with us."

By 9am, the airport was opened for arrivals, while departures were expected to be disrupted through the day.

Some flights have been allowed to depart, while others have been cancelled. Those cancelled include flights to Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol and London Luton.

Disruption is expected through the day.

People have been asked to check with their airline before travelling.