FIFO workers safe after plane overruns Newman runway

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A plane carrying FIFO workers has overshot the runway in Newman Airport, Western Australia upon completing its journey from Perth.

The Qantas aircraft, which was reportedly carrying fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers, stopped around 50 metres past the end of the runway at low speed.

None of the 80 passengers and crew were injured, and the Fokker 100 aircraft suffered no damage.

All passengers and crew headed to the terminal by bus and baggage was offloaded.

“The incident will be investigated by Qantas, and the Shire of East Pilbara is not in a position to provide further details on the incident,” shire president Lynne Craigie said.

Newman Airport was closed following the incident, with all incoming and outbound flights to and from Newman cancelled until noon.

The notice of closure to airmen was cancelled and services returned to normal following the removal of the aircraft by Qantas and an inspection of the runway.