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Thursday, August 31, 2006
Wales squad in plane scare

The aeroplane carrying the Wales squad from Cardiff to Prague was forced to make an emergency stop in Bournemouth on Thursday afternoon due to a cracked windscreen.

Half an hour after taking off in the Welsh capital, pilot David Attwood was forced to redirect the plane - carrying Wales players, coaching staff and officials to Saturday's Euro 2008 qualifier against the Czech Republic - to Bournemouth and make an emergency stop.

Passengers are currently waiting on the tarmac at Bournemouth airport, where European Airlines are based, before being moved to another plane.

The flight left Cardiff at around 2.30pm but half an hour into the flight, when it is believed an object hit the windscreen resulting in a judder and reduction in speed, the pilot had to make a diversion from the London area towards the south coast.

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