Manchester United Plane Aborts Landing In Cologne Due To Tarmac Traffic
ManU was "involved in a mid-air drama in Germany on Tuesday night with the chartered plane carrying the team forced to abort its landing just 400 metres above the runway at Cologne's Konrad Adenauer Airport," according to Mark Ogden of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. With the Monarch Airlines A321, flight number MON 9254, scheduled to touch down at 5:30pm local time, the pilot "was forced to abandon his landing due to another aircraft being on the runway." ManU defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted about the drama shortly after landing, saying, "Landed in Germany....just....I've only just recovered after that choppy landing! #TouchedCloth!! #mufc." (SMH, 11/27). SKY SPORTS reported another member of the ManU camp told the Manchester Evening News, "It was quite frightening." The member added, "We were coming in to land when we had to pull up suddenly, because it appears there was a plane on the runway. The captain came on the intercom to apologize for what happened and then we landed safely." ManU Manager David Moyes and other senior figures, including former CEO David Gill, "were on the flight with the squad," but Bobby Charlton and former boss Alex Ferguson was "not on board, although they are both due to attend the match" (SKY SPORTS, 11/27).