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AnthonyDunn – 24/05/2013 12:09 GMT

It is necessary to close runways that do not have fire service provision and as the fire service would be heavily committed to one runway, closure of the other would quickly follow.

As the aircraft is missing both L and R cowlings, there may be more to the story than the initial reported bird strikes. A32x aircraft require TLC in ensuring that the cowl fasteners under the engines are secure, since the weight of the cowls means they can look secured, even when they are not.

It would be highly embarrassing if the aircraft departed with unfastened cowls, although it is far too early to draw such a conclusion and the AAIB will get to the bottom of the incident and report in good time.