Rise in cargo movements at Doncaster’s airport

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Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

The UK Border Agency has been criticised for safety failings which could have caused an explosion at Robin Hood Airport.

UKBA staff unsafely unloaded and examined explosives at the airport despite being warned not to, the Health and Safety Executive said.

The HSE said if the ammunition had been dropped it may have detonated.

UKBA has accepted a Crown Censure, the equivalent of a prosecution of a government body, from the HSE.

The HSE said 10 people were present and other aircraft nearby when the incident happened at the airport near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in November 2009.

Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. The UK Border Agency has been criticised for safety failings which could have caused an explosion at Robin Hood Airport. UKBA staff unsafely unloaded and examined explosives at the airport despite being warned not to, the Health and Safety Executive said. The HSE said if the ammunition had been dropped it may have detonated. UKBA has accepted a Crown Censure, the equivalent of a prosecution of a government body, from the HSE. The HSE said 10 people were present and other aircraft nearby when the incident happened at the airport near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in November 2009.

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Robin Hood Airport has seen a 23 per cent increase in the amount of cargo it transports.

The figures, which represent the number of consignments in and out of the Finningley-based airport, shows a second successive year of growth between April 2013 and March 2014.

Through operator Anglo World Cargo, the airport managed consignments involving more than 25 countries during the 12-month period, including Australia, Mali, USA and key European destinations such as France, Spain and Greece.

 

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