EasyJet flights from London Gatwick to southern France were canceled this morning after a cargo plane overshot the runway and crashed nose-first into a lake.
Montpellier Airport, on the Mediterranean coast, has been closed until further notice.
Three people were rescued from the Boeing 737. They were not injured in the accident, which occurred before dawn today.
⚠️ Accident du @BoeingFrance #737 immatriculé EC-NLS exploité par #WestAtlantic / sortie de piste pendant atterrissage survenue le 24/09/22 à l’aéroport de @mplaeroport / 4 enquêteurs @BEA_Aero sur place / ouverture d’une enquête de sécurité. pic.twitter.com/H76U3BbRxk— BEA ✈️ ⚙️🔬🇫🇷 (@BEA_Aero) September 24, 2022
An investigation is underway and the airport is shut indefinitely, authorities confirmed.
The West Atlantic plane had travelled from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Montpellier in the early hours today, arriving shortly before 3am.
But the journey ran anything but smoothly, with the jet ultimately landing its front in the water beyond the runway.
Four members of France’s air investigations team are attending the site, officials confirmed.
EasyJet confirmed its morning flights between London Gatwick and the popular seaside town were cancelled.
The budget airline wrote: ‘This is due to a non-easyJet aircraft incident at Montpellier airport.’
This evening’s flights are shown to be operating as normal, The Independent reported.
Domestic flights to and from Paris were also affected by the unexpected travel chaos.