February 11, 2006

US plane skids off Kuwait runway, no injuries

KUWAIT (Reuters) - A U.S. military-chartered airplane
carrying American troops skidded off the runway at Kuwait
airport on Saturday but there were no casualties, a U.S. army
spokeswoman said.

Airport sources said the plane may have skidded due to rain
on the runway.

"I can confirm that there are no injuries," Major Amanda
Azubuike told Reuters, adding the McDonnell Douglas MD 11
sustained damage and the incident was being investigated.

She said there were U.S. soldiers aboard the flight but did
not give a number.

Zuhayr al-Zamil, deputy head of Kuwait's civil aviation,
was quoted by state news agency KUNA as saying there were 210
passengers on board but did not specify if they were military
or not.

He said air traffic had resumed after a temporary closure
of the airport.

Kuwait, used as the launch pad for the 2003 U.S. war on
Iraq, hosts up to 25,000 American soldiers and is a major
transit point for the U.S. military to and from Iraq.