UPDATED (2): Private aircraft dragged by wind, hits factory at Hal Farrug
A Dassault Falcon 7X private aircraft registered in Bermuda ended up impacting against the wall of a room in the limits of Hal Farrug. The incident occurred at about 10.00 last night.
It seems that the strong wind over the Maltese Islands dragged the aircraft, which went through the perimeter fence as a consequence and continued moving down until it stopped when it got stuck into a room on the other side of the road. The aircraft hit the room which is part of the Polidano Brothers plant near Lufthansa Teknik.
It is understood that the wheel chocks which are placed against an aircraft’s wheels to hold it in place were moved by yesterday evening’s strong wind. Consequently the aircraft moved downhill fast and went through the perimeter fence onto the road and eventually partly into the plant room.
An airport spokesperson stated that there were no reports of injuries in the incident.
Transport Malta officials immediately went on site, and together with Airport officials started investigating the cause of the incident. Civil Protection Department personnel stationed at the airport were also called out as a precaution.
Television Malta is informed that an inquiry has been opened by the Bureau of Air Accident Investigation.
Eyewitnesses who actually saw what happened and who spoke with tvm.com.mt said they were shocked at what they actually witnessed happening before their very eyes. Police and Army personnel turned up shortly afterwards and closed off the road from both ends to control the situation.
This video footage was taken shortly after the incident occurred:
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