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Flight makes emergency landing at Belfast City Airport

Ten fire engines attended the scene.
Dec 30th 2014, 7:24 PM 16,803 16

A FLIGHT HAS made an emergency landing at Belfast City Airport this evening.

All passengers on the BE996 flight from Southampton have now disembarked safely and are being looked after by airport staff.

The emergency procedures were enacted as a ‘precautionary measure’ following the request of a Flybe pilot.

In a statement Flybe said, “The captain of the flight was alerted by a smoke indication from the rear baggage hold on its approach into George Best Belfast City Airport this afternoon.

The crew took the necessary action and the aircraft landed safely…Flybe can confirm there was no sign of smoke when the aircraft had landed.

“Passengers evacuated the aircraft immediately by both front and rear stairs as normal and were bussed to the terminal.”

A spokesperson from George Best Belfast City Airport told TheJournal.ie, ”All 69 passengers and 4 crew members disembarked safely and are now in the airport being taken care of by airport staff.”

Flybe said, “As is standard practice under such circumstances, the airport placed its emergency vehicles on standby.”

A Northern Ireland Fire Service spokesperson told TheJournal.ie, “Ten fire engines were at the scene after emergency procedures were put in place but they have now been stood down.”

Flybe added that the incident will be fully investigated.

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