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Plane forced to return to airport

An aeroplane was forced to return to Belfast City airport this morning due to a technical fault.

Emergency procedures were enacted at the airport as the Cardiff bound Flybe flight landed around 8am shortly after taking off.

All 64 passengers and four crew members disembarked safely.

There was some disruption at the east Belfast facility during the incident.

A replacement plane is due to take the passengers on to Cardiff later.

A spokesman for George Best Belfast City airport said the emergency response was triggered as a "precautionary measure."

A spokeswoman for Flybe said: "Flybe can confirm that flight BE281 en route to Cardiff this morning returned to George Best Belfast City Airport shortly after take off due to a technical fault. As a precaution and in line with standard procedures the emergency services were alerted. The aircraft landed normally and the 64 passengers and 4 crew disembarked safely and without incident. They will be resuming their journey shortly on a replacement aircraft."

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