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Checks underway to determine 'technical issue' that caused British Airways flight to make emergency landing after leaving Belfast

Published 28/10/2015

Emergency services met the plane as it arrived at the international airport. Pic Justin Hames.
Emergency services met the plane as it arrived at the international airport. Pic Justin Hames.
Emergency services met the plane as it arrived at the international airport. Pic Justin Hames.

The plane at the centre of a flight drama last night is undergoing checks to determine the cause of a technical issue which forced its emergency landing.

The British Airways flight, from George Best Belfast City Airport airport to London Heathrow was forced to divert shortly after take-off after the pilot declared an emergency.

Passengers reported hearing a "bang" shortly after take-off.

Carrying 108 passengers it diverted to Belfast International airport at Aldergrove.

In the midst of the drama the RNLI scrambled its lifeboats and the emergency services were dispatched to the airport.

The aircraft circled Aldergrove for a period before landing safely.

Justin Hames said: "As the wheels were going up we heard the bang."

BA said the diversion was a "precautionary measure" taken in response to a "technical issue".

"The safety of our customers and crew is always a priority," said a spokeswoman for the airline.

On Wednesday morning, the airline said the plane was undergoing examination to determine the cause of the incident.

A BA spokeswoman provided an update, she said: "Our engineers are checking the aircraft, but there is no update about the specifics.

"We arranged hotel accommodation for our customers overnight and have rebooked them onto alternative flights to get them to their destinations today."

The Air Accidents Investigations Branch said it was aware of the incident, but that it was a matter for British Airways.

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