Just after noon today a Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian had a puncture on Malta International Airport’s main runway i.e. runway 31/13 to this effect traffic was put on hold as the aircraft was blocking the runway. The aircraft registration is 9H-CGF and is privately owned.
The Emirates flight #EK109 from Dubai to Malta via Larnaca diverted to Tunis while other traffic was put on hold before the secondary runway was used only for landings while part of the main runway was used only for departures.
The MIA fire team was quickly on the scene to ascertain that no one was injured.
Malta International Airport issued the following statement:
“At 12:21 local time, a light aircraft was involved in an incident on Malta International Airport’s primary runway.
Malta International Airport can confirm that its Rescue and Firefighting Services Team was dispatched to the scene immediately, and that no injuries were reported.
An investigation into what caused the incident is underway.
The airport’s primary runway is currently limited to departures while the secondary runway is being used for landings, with some flights being impacted as a result of this. The airport team and the relevant stakeholders are currently working towards resuming normal operations.
Malta International Airport would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.”