Europe

Strong gales batter northern Europe, killing 1 in UK

  • A woman's hair flies as strong winds hit Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Weather forecasts predict wind and storms  for the next two days in Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    A woman's hair flies as strong winds hit Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Weather forecasts predict wind and storms for the next two days in Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

  • Women attempt to take a selfie amid strong winds on Westminster Bridge, London, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Flights have been cancelled and commuters were warned they faced delays after Storm Doris reached nearly 90mph. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)

    Women attempt to take a selfie amid strong winds on Westminster Bridge, London, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Flights have been cancelled and commuters were warned they faced delays after Storm Doris reached nearly 90mph. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A plane is buffeted by the wind as it comes in to land at Leeds Bradford Airport as as flights were cancelled and commuters were warned they faced delays as winds reached nearly 90mph when Storm Doris battered many part of Britain. Thursday Feb. 23, 2017.  (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

    A plane is buffeted by the wind as it comes in to land at Leeds Bradford Airport as as flights were cancelled and commuters were warned they faced delays as winds reached nearly 90mph when Storm Doris battered many part of Britain. Thursday Feb. 23, 2017. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Powerful winds battered parts of northern Europe Thursday, disrupting transport and killing a woman who was hit by flying debris in central England. In the Netherlands, the landing gear on a small passenger plane collapsed as it landed in heavy winds at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

Britain's West Midlands Ambulance Service said the woman suffered serious head injuries in Wolverhampton, 140 miles (225 km) northwest of London.

Rain, snow and strong winds of more than 90 mph (145 kph) from a weather system dubbed Storm Doris closed U.K. roads, canceled flights and for a time halted train travel to and from Euston Station, one of London's main terminals.

Heathrow Airport said about one in 10 flights was canceled.

An Icelandair flight from Reykjavik declared an in-flight fuel emergency after aborted attempts to land at both Manchester and Liverpool airports in northwest England. It eventually landed successfully in Manchester.

In Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport said that no one was injured in Thursday's incident. Video shown on Dutch news sites shows the right landing gear of the twin-prop jet operated by Flybe collapsing as it touched down.

It was not immediately clear how many passengers and crew were on board the plane.

In a tweet, Schiphol said: "No people are injured. Flight operation is up and running again."

On its website, Flybe said it was aware of an incident involving one of its planes, but provided no other details.

The landing came as powerful winds battered the Netherlands, causing traffic chaos but no other major incidents.

The wind even halted filming of outdoor scenes on Britain's long-running soap opera "Coronation Street."

Weather agency the Met Office said a top wind speed of 94 mph (151 kph) was recorded at Capel Curig in Wales.

Winds are expected to ease later Thursday.