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(Sunday, 17th July 2011 - 12:57) Aer Arann wishes to confirm an incident today at Shannon Airport involving Aer Lingus Regional flight EI 3601, operated by Aer Arann.

The flight was operated by an ATR 72-212 aircraft.

The aircraft departed Manchester Airport at 08.50am and was due to arrive in Shannon Airport at 10.15am.

As the aircraft landed on its second approach at approx 10.30am it experienced a suspected failure of the nose wheel landing gear and veered off the runway onto the grass. The emergency services at Shannon Airport were activated.

There were 21 passengers and 4 crew members on board. All passengers and crew safely disembarked the aircraft and no injuries have been reported.

Aer Arann cannot speculate as to the cause of the incident and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU), branch of the Department of Transport have been informed. 

No further details are available at this time.

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