Plane ends up in lake after overshooting runway in France

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Plane ends up in lake after overshooting runway in France.

Montpellier airport in southern France is closed after a cargo plane left the runway and ended up with its nose and at least one engine dipping into the water.

No casualties are reported.

The Boeing 737 belonging to West Atlantic had flown south from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to Montpellier in the early hours of Saturday, arriving shortly before 3am. But according to French air accident investigators, the plane left the runway during the landing.

The Bureau d’enquêtes et d’analyses (BEA) posted photographs showing the aircraft precariously at rest with the nose and forward fuselage in the lagoon at the southern end of the runway, with the starboard engine in the water.

One forward door is open on the starboard side, as well as a rear door on the port side with a ladder dangling – suggesting that was how the pilots left the aircraft. A fire engine is in attendance.