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Suspected problem on jet sparks emergency at City Airport

By David Young

Published 20/08/2016

The emergency was triggered after a Flybe aircraft - said to have been a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 - that was heading to Belfast from Southampton requested an emergency landing, an airport spokeswoman said last night
The emergency was triggered after a Flybe aircraft - said to have been a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 - that was heading to Belfast from Southampton requested an emergency landing, an airport spokeswoman said last night

An aircraft that was heading into Belfast City Airport sparked an emergency last night after a suspected technical fault was detected on board.

Emergency services including the coastguard raced to the airport, which borders Belfast Lough.

The emergency was triggered after a Flybe aircraft - said to have been a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 - that was heading to Belfast from Southampton requested an emergency landing, an airport spokeswoman said last night.

In the event, the aeroplane landed safely and no one was injured.

Travellers who thought they faced significant delays were able to make their onward journeys without hindrance.

A Flybe spokesman said last night: "Flybe can confirm that flight BE986, Southampton to Belfast City, landed without incident after the captain had reported a suspected minor technical fault just prior to approaching Belfast City.

"As a precautionary measure in such circumstances, the airport placed its emergency vehicles on standby.

"All 70 passengers disembarked as normal when the aircraft landed."

"The safety of its passengers and crew is the airline's number one priority at all times," the statement added.

It is just 18 months since a Flybe aircraft which had approximately 80 people on board and was coming from Glasgow to the City Airport had to be diverted to Belfast International Airport after one of the jet's engines caught fire.

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