Thursday, December 28, 2017

Privately-owned Falcon 7X blown off apron at Malta IAP, smashes into building

A privately-owned Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft (VP-BZE) was blown off Malta IAP's apron-4 on Wednesday night, ploughing through a perimeter fence and into the road before crashing into a building.  No injuries were reported at the incident in Ħal-Farruġ. 

Officials believe the strong winds forced the unmanned plane from its wheel chocks, pushing it into the road before crashing into the building owned by the Polidano Group.

"It seems like it was the result of the strong winds.  The building didn't sustain major damage, but we presume the aircraft did," Polidano Group's legal representative J.P. Sammut told Times of Malta, after he was informed about the incident through airport security.  Nobody was present in the building at the time of impact.

Transport Malta and Malta IAP officials are investigating the incident, while the Bureau of Accident Investigation are also investigating.  The police and armed forces were on site and closed the road off to traffic.

In a statement, M.I.A. said its operations and security teams were deployed to the scene immediately to safeguard the integrity of the aerodrome and secure the airport perimeter.  M.I.A.'s Rescue and Fire Fighting Services were also on the scene as a precautionary measure, however there were no injuries reported. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 27-Dec-2017)