The runway at Shannon Airport has reopened after it was closed for a time due to an incident involving a light aircraft on the runway.

Shannon Airport said the nose-wheel of the aircraft collapsed on the airport runway.

Airport fire and rescue crews responded quickly to the incident which occurred at around 4.30pm.

It is understood there was only one person on board the aircraft and that he has not suffered any injuries. He was able to vacate the aircraft safely.

Two flights, an Aer Lingus from London and a Ryanair flight from Wroclaw, Poland, were diverted to Cork Airport as a result. It is understood the passengers from both flights are being transported to Shannon Airport by bus.

The runway closure also impacted departing flights with the cancellation of Aer Lingus EI386 from Shannon to Heathrow. 

The light aircraft has now been removed form the runway and a clean-up of the area has taken place.