Flights have been cancelled after a private plane came off the runway at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. The airport is expected to be closed until at least 17:00 GMT and an inquiry has been launched into what happened when the plane landed at about 06:00. Four people were on board the plane but no-one was hurt, a spokesman for the airport has confirmed.
A source at Liverpool Football Club confirmed the private jet was carrying one of the club’s owners, Mike Gordon. Mr Gordon, who is the president of Fenway Sports Group, was on a flight from Bedford, Massachusetts to Liverpool to attend a regular meeting at the club. “He was not injured but would like to pass on his appreciation to the staff at Liverpool John Lennon Airport and the emergency services for their amazing work,” the source said. A spokeswoman for VistaJet added: “We are fully co-operating with the airport and relevant authorities as they investigate further.” A specialist removal team is on site and will use cranes and airbags to remove the plane from the grass.