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THREE people were hurt when a jet crash-landed in heavy rain last night.

And at a nearby airport another plane skidded off the runway causing chaos for travellers.

The first drama happened when the nosewheel of a British Airways jet collapsed and it slewed off the runway onto the grass. The 41 adults and three children on board were led to safety at Bourne-mouth Airport.

Two passengers were taken to hospital and another was treated at the scene. The plane had taken off from Gatwick for Jersey but had been diverted because of torrential downpours.

Meanwhile at Gatwick, 146 passengers escaped injury when a Boeing 757 lost control as it taxied towards the terminal after landing from Manchester in lashing rain.

The Britannia jet got stuck in grass alongside the runway. It meant other flights could not take off causing a huge backlog. Inbound flights were diverted.

In Scotland a train carriage plunged down an embankment injuring 24 commuters, none seriously, when it derailed at Glenluce last night.
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Author:Nettleton, Philip; Atkinson, Steve
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 11, 2000
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