An Omni Air International flight OY531 a Boeing 767-300, with registration N378AX was taking off at 06:08 am this morning, when the crew aborted takeoff due to an open cockpit window. The aircraft vacated the runway and requested a return to the apron.
The crew planned to return to the apron due to an issue with the brakes and requested permission from Air Traffic Control. Shannon Ground instructed the aircraft to stop, then instructed the aircraft to turn left onto runway 24 and take taxiway A. As the Boeing 767-300 turned on to runway 24, Air Traffic Control reported smoke coming from the landing gear.
Air Traffic Control advised fire could be seen from the left landing gear, they instructed the crew to stop on runway 24 and evacuate the aircraft. The crew confirmed to ATC they were returning due to an issue with the left landing gear.
The crew stopped the aircraft on Runway 24 and initiated the evacuation procedure for the Boeing 767-300 aircraft. The crew evacuated the aircraft using slides on the right-hand side of the aircraft. Emergency services were promptly on the scene and distinguished the fire quickly.
The aircraft remains on Runway 24 and will take a few hours to be removed. Shannon Airport has posted on Twitter all flights are temporarily suspended.
The Boeing 767-300 had recently arrived on an earlier flight, operating as OY531 from Oklahoma City, OK, United States of America and was departing on runnway 24, when the incident tookk place.
The aircraft was subsequently removed from the runway around 10:30am this morning.
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