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United Airlines Belfast flight in emergency diversion to Shannon Airport

Published 24/10/2016

A United Airlines flight from Belfast to Newark has made an emergency diversion to Shannon Airport. Pic - Flightradar24.com
A United Airlines flight from Belfast to Newark has made an emergency diversion to Shannon Airport. Pic - Flightradar24.com

A United Airlines flight from Northern Ireland to New York has made an emergency diversion to Shannon Airport.

The Belfast to Newark flight altered its route following take off after 11am.

The flight was scheduled to arrive in Newark Airport just before 2pm local time.

A spokeswoman for Shannon Airport said flight UA-76 to Newark had declared an emergency but landed safely just before 2.30pm.

Passengers on the plane were told there was an issue with the Boeing 757's landing gear.

There were concerns that the front wheels could not be locked to take the impact of a landing.

It is understood the pilots circled around the west coast of Ireland for about two hours burning off fuel before making their approach into Shannon.

The airport's emergency crews including firefighters were on the runway for the landing.

A spokesman for United Airlines said: "Our team at Shannon Airport is providing assistance to customers of flight UA76 (Belfast-New York/Newark) today, which diverted to Shannon Airport, Ireland because of a mechanical issue. 

"The aircraft landed safely at 2.27 p.m. (local time).  We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience caused."

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