Thursday 15 November 2018

Four hurt in jet's emergency landing

Don Lavery

Four passengers suffered minor injuries when they had to disembark from a Belfast-bound jet which made an emergency landing yesterday.

The flight from Manchester to the George Best Airport in Belfast made an emergency landing on the Isle of Man.

Eighty-nine passengers were on board the Flybe aircraft. Four passengers suffered minor injuries when disembarking from the Brazilian-made Embraer 195.

Smoke

The company said passengers on the plane arrived in Belfast after teatime. A woman who was on the flight said they could smell smoke and heard a lot of noise from the plane.

"The captain was doing a lot of talking to the stewards. He was in and out of the cockpit," he said.

"It was probably about 10 minutes before he said anything to us, but then they just told us everything was fine and we would be landing as normal. But then obviously we didn't land as normal, we landed in the Isle of Man." A Flybe spokeswoman said the "likely cause of the incident seemed to be a failure of the air conditioning and circulation".

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