ROME (AP) — A Romanian airliner ended up off the runway while landing at Rome's main airport during heavy winds Saturday night, injuring a flight attendant and four passengers, aviation officials said..
Vitaliano Turra, an official of Italy's civil aviation authority ENAC, told Sky TG24 TV that the flight attendant aboard the Carpatair airliner and one of the passengers were hospitalized. The Italian news agency ANSA said the injuries consisted of fractures or bruises, and that none was life-threatening.
ANSA said the ATR 72 ended up in the grass about 50 meters (yards) beside the runway on a flight from the Tuscan city of Pisa, with 46 passengers and a crew of four aboard. It quoted unidentified passengers as saying the aircraft landed hard on the runway, then appeared to have bounced, winding up off the tarmac and tilted on one side.
Turra said the cause of the incident was under investigation but that heavy winds that whipped Leonardo da Vinci airport much of the day might have played a role.