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Saturday 20 October 2018

Plane forced to make emergency landing at Belfast Airport due to 'technical issues'

Flybe BE331 on the tarmac after it landed with no nose gear at Belfast International Airport
Flybe BE331 on the tarmac after it landed with no nose gear at Belfast International Airport
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A Flybe flight out of Belfast has made an emergency landing after suffering technical issues after take-off.

According to Airlive.net the BE331 flight was circling for two hours after taking off at 11.20 as it reported a possible nose gear issue.

The flight tracking website said the plane, which was headed for Inverness, was burning fuel in "holding pattern to reduce weight" before making the emergency landing.

The plane landed at Belfast International Airport just before 2pm with the nose gear up and stopped on the runway.

The fire service is on the scene.

In a statement Flybe said: "Flybe can confirm there has been an incident involving one of our Bombardier Q-400 aircraft, flight no BE331 which landed with no nose gear in place.

"The aircraft departed from Belfast City at 1107 local time bound for Inverness. The incident occurred at Belfast International Airport at approximately 1330 local time.

"There are 52 passengers on board and four crew members.

"Our primary concern is for the welfare of the passengers and crew.

"All statements relating to this incident will be posted immediately."

The nose of the Flybe plane hit the runway Picture: Geoff Coyles twitter
The nose of the Flybe plane hit the runway Picture: Geoff Coyles twitter

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