French authorities closed the airport in the southern city of Montpellier indefinitely on Saturday after a cargo plane overshot the runway and ended up nose-diving into a nearby lake.
The picture shows the Boeing 737 of the Western Atlantic freighter lying on the ground with its nose in the lake. Local authorities said three crew members survived the crash in the early hours of Saturday.
The prefecture for the Hérault region said the airport would remain closed to both passenger and cargo aircraft until further notice as a safety measure and until a special agency arrives to take the plane away.
“We will not reopen the airport until the plane is on the runway and the investigation is over,” an airport source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“After removing the aircraft, the runway will also be checked carefully,” the source added.
On Saturday there were 21 commercial flights scheduled at the airport which sees 197,000 passengers a month during peak season.
“A technical incident interrupts normal operations,” said an English message on the airport’s website titled “Montpellier Airport Closed”.
The website showed that flights were either canceled or diverted to Marseille.