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Aircraft is diverted as emergency declared

By Lesley Houston

Published 28/10/2015

A British Airways flight from George Best Belfast City Airport to Heathrow had to be diverted to Aldergrove last night after the pilot declared an emergency
A British Airways flight from George Best Belfast City Airport to Heathrow had to be diverted to Aldergrove last night after the pilot declared an emergency

A British Airways flight from George Best Belfast City Airport to Heathrow had to be diverted to Aldergrove last night after the pilot declared an emergency.

A number of emergency services responded to the alert which happened when crew reported a "technical issue" with the aircraft's engine at around 8.30pm.

A spokeswoman for British Airways said the diversion was a precautionary measure.

"The flight landed normally after diverting shortly after take-off as a precaution following a technical issue," she said.

"The safety of our customers and crew is always our priority and cabin crew are now looking after our customers."

The aircraft had to circle the airport for a time before it was able to land.

Some of the 108 passengers on board the aircraft reported hearing a "bang".

Justin Hames said: "As the wheels were going up, we heard the bang and that's pretty much it."

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