A Belavia Boeing 737-500 has struck a runway light/s which has caused damage to the aircraft.
Registered EW-290PA, the 737 was performing flight B2-845 from Minsk (Belarus) to Kiev (Ukraine). They landed on Kiev’s runway 18L at 18:08L (16:08Z) and taxied to the apron.
A post-flight inspection showed a dent in the right-hand engine inlet, substantial damage to as well as grass embedded in the right-hand engine cowl.
The aircraft was unable to depart for the return flight B2-846.
The use of runway 18L/36R stopped after the landing of B2-845, a number of departing aircraft already taxiing for departure from runway 18L changed over to runway 18R and departed from that runway. A number of aircraft diverted as far as Warsaw (Poland).
The airport reported:
A Belavia aircraft damaged runway lights forcing the airport to temporarily close the runway for repairs.