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Watch: Runaway aircraft rolls onto the airport's main runway

A runaway aircraft rolled onto the airport's main runway on Wednesday morning but it was removed before a serious incident developed. 

Footage sent to Times of Malta shows a Dash 8 turboprop aircraft rolling from a Medavia taxiway at the Safi Aviation Park to the main runway, with airport workers running after it but unable to stop it.

Footage sent to Times of Malta

Sources said the twin-engined aircraft was about to be towed but handlers removed its chocks - which hold the wheels - before a tow bar was attached, and the aircraft rolled down the gentle slope to the Birżebbuġa end of the runway.

Had another aircraft been landing or taking off, the incident could have had serious consequences.

Malta International Airport confirmed there was an incident involving an aircraft at 8am, however, a spokesperson could not provide further information as the authorities are looking into it.

MIA has also notified the Bureau of Air Accident Investigation and Transport Malta - Civil Aviation Directorate about the incident.