Air accident investigators in Britain have launched a probe into an accident at East Midlands Airport that involved an Irish cargo aircraft.

A Boeing 737-400F cargo plane, operated by Dublin based Air Contractors Ltd, forced the closure of the airport yesterday morning after the jet was left crippled on the runway.

The two wheels from the left side undercarriage were found some distance from where the aircraft came to a stop.

The plane had previously operated in Australia for Qantas and Australian Airlines before it was converted into a freighter in 2012.

Flight BCS-1748 wasflying from Paris Charles de Gaulle to East Midlands Airport and was carrying 10 tonnes of general cargo. The aircraft is capable of carrying 17 tonnes.

The 39-year-old Dutch captain was confirmed to be very highly experienced with 4,500 flight hours while the Irish first officer, aged 28, has 3,900 flight hours. Only the flight crew were on board and no injuries occurred.

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