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Runway at Scilly airport in need of "significant repair"

The condition of the runway which was the scene of yesterday's plane crash on the Isles of Scilly will be discussed by councillors today. It's thought the runway, which is half tarmac and half grass, is in need of "significant repair".

“Significant issues” with the main runway at St Mary's Airport were reported to the Council last September following a so-called grip test by the Civil Aviation Authority. This test identified that the runway was in very poor condition and had a likely life expectancy of 12 to 18 months.

Statement following plane crash on Isles of Scilly

The Council of the Isles of Scilly have released a statement following the news a plane overshot the runway at St Mary's Airport.The airport was shut for a time when the plane carrying four people went through a hedge and ended up in a field, facing the sea. No-one was injured.

At 13:07 hours this afternoon a light twin engine aircraft made an approach to the grass Runway at St Mary’s Airport. The Aircraft subsequently ran off the end of the grass Runway into the field. There were 4 persons on board none of whom were injured. The Emergency services responded immediately to the scene in accordance with the Aerodrome Emergency Orders. There is no current disruption to services at the airport

– Council of the Isles of Scilly
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