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Passenger jet slides off runway as infrastructure continues to fail in cold snap

A passenger jet has slid off the runway at Glasgow’s Prestwick airport aafter hitting a patch of ice.

The Ryanair Boeing 737-800 plane skidded on to the grass moments after landing at Glasgow Prestwick airport in Ayrshire, just after 9am on Wednesday.

No-one was injured in the incident, police said.

A Strathclyde Police spokesman said: “It happened just after 9am as it landed. It slipped on to the grass. No-one was injured and all the passengers have been taken to the terminal.”

An airport spokesman said the plane was an incoming Ryanair flight from Dublin.

He said: “All I know at the moment is that after it landed it hit a patch of ice after completing its landing.”

The plane had six crew on board and can carry up to 189 travellers, but Ryanair would not say how many were on the flight at the time.

Alex Paton, a passenger on the plane, told the BBC: “Everyone was pretty shocked. I don’t think most people realised we were in a field. It wasn’t until we were off that we realised how deep the wheels had gone into the field.

“It was almost like the back end of the plane slid out a bit.”

He added: “I think the original plan was to pull the plane out of the field but, when you see it, there’s no way you’re pulling that plane out easily.”

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