Nicosia - A Russian passenger aircraft veered off the runway while landing in Cyprus when a tyre burst, an airport official said on Wednesday, adding that no one was hurt.
Aeroflot flight SU 2070 from Moscow had just touched down
at Larnaka International Airport when a tyre burst resulting in the Ilyushin
Il-96 aircraft careening into a nearby taxiway before coming to a standstill.
No injuries occurred in the incident although an ambulance
and fire trucks immediately rushed to the scene.
"A small explosion occurred on the aircraft's central
wheels as the plane landed on the runway this morning", said airport
spokesperson Adamos Aspris.
"The plane then went off course from the landing
runway but came to a halt on the nearby taxiing runway. The 287 passengers and
crew members were not harmed and nobody needed medical attention.
Aspris went on to dismiss as "totally false"
media reports that a small fire had also broken out on the four-engine airliner
carrying mostly Russian tourists.
Russia ranks second on Cyprus' tourist market behind the
United Kingdom.In recent years the tourist inflow from Russia to Cyprus has
increased by about 50%. In 2010, about 225 000 Russian tourists visited the
Mediterranean island while last year, Cyprus was visited by 334 000 Russian
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