Qantas Flight 2650 failed to come to a complete stop on the runway at Newman Airport at 7:15 am. The aircraft stopped approximately 50 metres past the end of the runway, at low speed.
None of the 80 passengers and crew were injured and the Fokker 100 aircraft has not been reported as damaged. Following the incident, all passengers and crew were removed from the aircraft and taken to the terminal by bus and baggage was offloaded.
There is currently a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) in place advising that the runway is closed to all aircraft due to an obstruction.
“The Shire of East Pilbara has suspended operations at Newman Airport while Qantas works to remove the aircraft from the runway according to their policies and procedures. At this stage we are unable to provide an accurate time when operations will be restored, although it is anticipated that it will be sometime this afternoon,” said Shire President Lynne Craigie OAM.
“The incident will be investigated by Qantas and the Shire of East Pilbara is not in a position to provide further details on the incident. At this stage the focus is to restore normal operations to Newman Airport for our passengers as quickly as possible,” she added.
Following the removal of the aircraft and an inspection of the runway, the NOTAM will be cancelled and normal services will resume.
Passengers are advised that all incoming and outbound flights to and from Newman until noon have been cancelled. Passengers on flights from noon onwards should check with their carrier for the latest information.