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Ryanair jet forced into emergency landing over fears of on-board fire

A Ryanair jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Liverpool on Monday over fears of a fire on board.

The plane, which was heading to Agadir in Morocco from Liverpool's John Lennon Airport, made a u-turn in mid-air after a fire indicator light was activated in the cockpit.

The Boeing 737 was forced to return to the airport and make an emergency landing less than half an hour after take-off.

The 116 passengers and crew scrambled onto inflatable emergency slides to evacuate the plane and were rushed away from the aircraft by coach. No injuries have been reported and Ryanair arranged a spare aircraft to fly the delayed passengers on to Agadir.

Police and ambulances rushed to the scene, and fire crews scoured the plane for signs of fire with thermal imaging equipment. No evidence of a blaze was found and a faulty fire indicator light is believed to have been the cause of the scare.

Robin Tudor, a spokesman for John Lennon Airport, said: "An emergency was declared after a report of a fire on board the plane. The emergency landing was performed safely, everyone was evacuated and we got passengers away from the aircraft as quickly as possible as a precaution.

The airport remained closed for approximately one hour, and reopened shortly after 5pm.