Storm disrupts train and air travel, plane crashes off runway at Schiphol

The storm which swept over the Netherlands on Thursday evening led to some problems on the roads but there was no serious disruption to traffic.

However, dozens of flights too and from Dutch airports were cancelled.

At Schiphol airport, a Flybe flight from Edinburgh to Amsterdam ploughed off the runway after its landing gear apparently broke off as the plane attempted to land in the strong winds. None of the 59 passengers on board were injured.

There was widespread disruption on the railways all day, but this was largely due to preventative measures. The NS cancelled high speed services between Rotterdam and Breda and the direct intercity service between Rotterdam and Amsterdam, news agency ANP reported.

The Moerdijk bridge near Rotterdam was closed to lorries in both directions for a time after a lorry and trailer blew over. The A16 was also closed several hours after a lorry and trailer got into trouble on the Van Brienenoord bridge.

Several trees were blown down, closing roads. The strongest wind speeds, over 100 kpm, were recorded in IJmuiden and Hoek van Holland, the Telegraaf said.

The KNMI weather bureau had issued a code orange weather warning for Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, Zeeland and western parts of Utrecht and Noord-Brabant.


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