Passengers safe after Alitalia A320 crash-lands in Rome

Passengers safe after Alitalia A320 crash-lands in Rome

An Alitalia Airbus toppled and skidded off the runway at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport last night after one of its landing gears failed to open in a storm.

About 10 passengers reportedly suffered minor cuts and bruises when the aircraft crash-landed before sliding to a halt after a flight from Madrid.

The Italian news agency ANSA said all 151 passengers and the crew of five left the aircaft safely through emergency slides after the pilot reported the problem.

It said the pilot radioed Rome's air traffic control tower to say he was experiencing trouble deploying the right wheel as he came in to land.

The airport's operations room said the A320 landed on the tarmac leaning on a wing and its tail after the right-side landing gear did not work, the Daily Mail reported.

The cause of the malfunction is being investigated.

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