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Air France flight from Paris diverted to Belfast International Airport due to bad weather

Published 05/12/2015

An Air France flight from Paris has been diverted to Belfast International Airport amid bad weather.

The flight, which was due to land at Dublin, took off from Paris shortly after 7am.

But it was subsequently diverted to Belfast International Airport.

The Cityjet flight from the French capital was due to land before 8am but the BAe 146 aircraft carrying more than 50 passengers was forced to divert to Belfast due to Storm Desmond.

The plane was buffeted by strong winds as its captain made an attempt to land in Dublin.

The aircraft shook as it descended under the clouds towards the runway and it became clear that it wouldn't be possible to touch down.

The pilot powered up the engines and the plane climbed again. After circling for a while he announced that the flight would be diverted to Belfast International airport, landing at around 8.40am to a round of applause.

The passengers are now on a bus provided by CityJet.

And several other flights had to be diverted from Dublin last night.

That included flights from Copenhagen, Manchester, London City and Cardiff

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