The facts took place on the night of Saturday September 24, a little before 3 am. A cargo plane left the runway during its landing without causing any injuries, the Hérault prefecture announced on Saturday morning. “As a security measure and while waiting for a specialized company to move the aircraft, commercial and freight flights” can no longer land in Montpellier for an indefinite period, the prefecture said in a press release. Montpellier airport has therefore been closed for an indefinite period.

The plane ends its route in the Mauguio pond, its nose submerged

“The three people in the aircraft are unharmed. They were able to be extricated and brought to safety thanks to the rapid intervention of the emergency services,” the same source said. It was 2:50 a.m. when an Aéropostale plane, a Boeing 737 loaded with freight, missed its landing at Montpellier airport and ended its journey in the Mauguio pond located at the end of the runway. The nose of the plane is currently submerged, as can be seen in the photos shared by the Bureau of Investigation and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety on its Twitter account.


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Sixty firefighters from the Hérault departmental fire and rescue service, including water rescue specialists, were dispatched to the scene with a team from SAMU, the air transport gendarmerie brigade and teams from the airport. The Accident Investigation Office is expected on site.