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Connacht rugby team on flight diverted to Belfast International due to technical problem

A flight from Birmingham to Knock in the west of Ireland has been diverted to Belfast International airport due to a technical issue.

The flight departed from Birmingham at 10.20am, and it is understood the Connacht rugby team were on board.

Tweeting about the diversion, Connacht rugby player Bundee Aki confirmed they had landed in Belfast, adding: "Yay 5 hour bus drive."

A spokeswoman for Belfast International said: "Flybe flight en route from Birmingham to Knock declared a full emergency and diverted to Belfast International due to a technical problem.

"Full emergency procedures were activated and it landed safely.

"The passengers are being transported to Knock by bus."

"In a statement, a spokesperson for FlyBe said: "Flybe can confirm that the captain of the above flight took the recommended action following a suspected technical fault during the above flight from Birmingham to Ireland West Airport Knock and, as an additional precautionary measure, elected to divert to Belfast International where the aircraft landed safely without incident.

"As is usual in such circumstances, the airport put its emergency vehicles on standby. All 62 passengers disembarked as normal when the aircraft arrived on stand following which they were transported by road to their destination.

"The safety of its passengers and crew is the airline’s number one priority and Flybe sincerely apologises for any inconvenience experienced."

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