Plane diverted due to engine fire
A plane with 28 passengers on board has landed safely after an engine fire.
The twin propeller plane, which was also carrying three crew members, was diverted from London City Airport to Southend Airport, Essex, at about 8.30am.
Automatic systems on the plane extinguished the fire before it landed, Essex Fire and Rescue Service said.
Nobody was hurt and firefighters inspected the engine to make sure it was safe.
Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick, who attended the incident, said: "This was a text book operation. The fire was out by the time the plane touched down and no-one appears to have been hurt.
"The plane landed safely on one engine and automatic fire suppression systems on board had completely extinguished the fire.
"Our crews made sure that the fire was fully out but were not required to take any further action. We left the scene in the hands of the airport.
"This had the potential to be an extremely serious incident but everything which should happen in a situation like this did and the plane was able to land safely."
Tracy Jones, spokeswoman for Southend Airport, said the aircraft involved was operated by Blue Island Airways and had been travelling from Jersey. It landed safely just before 9am.
Passengers have been transported to the terminal and will be taken by coach to London City Airport.