Cyprus Airways plane skids off taxiway as London airports shut down due to snow

BBC News and Aviation Herald are reporting a Cyprus Airways plane has slipped off a taxiway at Heathrow Airport, lodging its front wheel in a grassy area.

The Cyprus Airways Airbus A330-200, registration 5B-DBS, was performing flight CY-332 from Larnaca, Cyprus to London Heathrow, United Kingdom, had landed at Heathrow and already turned off the runway onto the taxiways, when the nose gear skidded off the taxiway and got stuck in a grassy area.

No injuries occurred, no damages are being reported.

Snow and ice are being blamed for the incident which happened when the Cyprus Airways flight landed at 0820 GMT and was moving to Terminal 1.

Cyprus Airways was the last flight to land before both the runways at the airport were closed due to snow earlier on today, however the southern runway has since reopened.

British Airways cancelled all its flights until 1700 GMT.

All London airports — Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stanstead, and City have been closed due to the snow.

London has seen the heaviest snowfall in 18 years with up to 6cm (0.2ft) of snow reported at Heathrow Airport, weather experts said.

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