All search and rescue teams in Southwest Iceland, all available ambulances in the capital region, the Coast Guard helicopters and a Coast Guard cruiser were called out or kept on standby due to the emergency landing of an Icelandair plane at Keflavík International Airport late last night.
Keflavík International Airport. Photo copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.
The plane landed safely at 10:45 pm and the emergency level was lifted. The 165 people onboard the 757 Boeing were unharmed but were offered crisis counsel, visir.is reports.
A failure was reported in the aircraft’s hydraulic control mechanism shortly before its scheduled landing at Keflavík. It is uncertain what caused the failure but the aircraft will now be carefully examined and repaired before put back into use.
The Icelandic Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) will investigate the incident.