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Donegal to Glasgow flight diverted to avoid Star Wars filming

By Joanne Fleming

A flight from Donegal Airport to Glasgow was 'forced' to make a diversion yesterday - to avoid interfering with the filming of Star Wars at Malin Head.

A flightpath graph on the Donegal Daily shows an Aer Lingus flight from Carrickfin to Glasgow taking a more southerly route than normal.

Most Aer Lingus flights take a more northerly route, according to the website, but the plane took a detour to the south before correcting its position.

Film stars — including Mark Hamill who plays Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) — were snapped arriving at Belfast International Airport on Friday morning ahead of filming at Malin Head, Donegal, over the weekend.

The Millennium Falcon spaceship has also been spotted being built along the Wild Atlantic Way in the past few days.

The frame of Han Solo’s craft has been seen on the cliffs of Malin Head, after the most recent blockbuster film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, ended with Daisy Ridley’s heroine Rey arriving on a green, rocky planet and meeting Skywalker near some cliffs.

At least 50ft across and 10ft high, it is balanced precariously a mile from Banba’s Crown, a headland known for producing dramatic photographs of the Northern Lights.

From the set pictures, Episode VIII looks set to pick up where its predecessor left off, although details of the plot have been kept well under wraps.

And it looks set to stay that way after a temporary no-fly zone was rumoured to have been imposed around Malin Head, with aircraft and drones banned from going any closer than 5,000ft.

Locals are reportedly getting into the spirit of filming, but security remains tight with only one country road leading to the location and access for eager fans closely guarded by teams of security.

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