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.

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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).

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The airport reported:

A Belavia aircraft damaged runway lights forcing the airport to temporarily close the runway for repairs.

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The flight path of the 737-500 from Minsk to Kiev landing on Runway 18L (©GA Group/Flightradar24)
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