Airport shut after plane gets stuck

Eastern Airways aircraft at Southampton Airport

Eastern Airways aircraft at Southampton Airport

Southampton Airport was closed for almost two hours earlier today after a taxiing plane accidentally reversed on to grass and became stuck in mud shortly before take-off.

Sixteen passengers flying with Eastern Airways to Aberdeen were forced to disembark were delayed by several hour.

Inward flights bound for Southampton were forced to land at Bournemouth Airport while the 29 seater Jetstream aircraft was manoeuvred back onto the taxiway.

The airport was re-opened at 4pm.

Engineers from Eastern Airways are reported to be investigating the cause of the incident.

Eastern Airways operates flights to Scotland, Stavanger and Brussels from Southampton Airport.