ASL 737 freighter's gear collapse closes East Midlands

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Operations at the UK's East Midlands airport have been halted temporarily after an accident involving a Boeing 737-400 freighter forced the closure of its runway.

NOTAM information from the airport confirms the closure of runway 09/27.

The aircraft was being operated by Air Contractors, which is part of Dublin-based ASL Aviation Group.

Air Contractors says the 737's left-hand main landing-gear "failed" after the aircraft touched down. It states that neither of the two pilots, the only occupants of the twinjet, were injured.

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch says it has sent a team to the scene. Air Contractors states that the Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit has also been informed.

"The crisis control team are currently investigating the facts related to this incident and are liaising with all relevant authorities," the operator adds.

Preliminary surveillance data indicates that the aircraft involved is a 24-year old airframe (EI-STD) which was operating for DHL as flight 1748, and approaching East Midlands around 02:30 local time. Runway 27 was in use at the time of the accident.

East Midlands airport's operator says the runway is "closed until further notice".