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Plane makes emergency landing at Belfast Airport | Mail Online


 

Caught on camera: The moment Thomas Cook holiday jet carrying 175 passengers made emergency landing at Belfast Airport

By Daily Mail Reporter

 

A holiday jet carrying 175 people has made an emergency landing at Belfast International Airport.

The Thomas Cook Airbus A320, which had been bound for Tenerife, came down just before 11.30am after developing a problem with its undercarriage.

It had been circling nearby Lough Neagh to burn fuel for an hour-and-a-half before making a final descent.

Touchdown: The Thomas Cook plane makes an emergency landing at Belfast International Airport today after experiencing technical problems shortly after takeoff

Touchdown: The Thomas Cook plane makes an emergency landing at Belfast International Airport today after experiencing technical problems shortly after takeoff

Standby: Nine fire engines, paramedics and police waited near the runway as the plane came down

Standby: Nine fire engines, paramedics and police waited near the runway as the plane came down

Airport staff evacuated the runway and nine fire engines and ambulance crew were on standby.

However, the captain was able to bring it down safely before taxiing to a stand at the terminal.There are no reported injuries.

The airport says the plane will be inspected by fire officials before passengers are allowed to disembark. Thomas Cook, one of Britain’s biggest tour operators  expects them to fly on to Tenerife at 3pm.

A spokesman for tour operator confirmed the emergency had been caused by a ‘minor technical difficulty with the landing gear shortly after takeoff.

‘We’re pleased to confirm that flight TCX 8126, which turned back after developing technical problems, has now landed safely at Belfast International Airport,’ she said.

‘A replacement aircraft is on its way and we expect to get everyone off on their holidays to Tenerife this afternoon.’

Investigation: The plane was being checked over by fire service staff and Thomas Cook technical teams

Investigation: The plane was being checked over by fire service staff and Thomas Cook technical teams

Arrivals: There were delays at Belfast International as a result of the emergency

Arrivals: There were delays at Belfast International as a result of the emergency

The flight took off from Belfast International at 9.40am today. It is understood that the pilot realised there were technical problems almost immediately.

A spokesman for the airport said: ‘An emergency stand-by was declared on board by the pilot shortly after take-off.

‘The plane has landed safely and has been taxied on to its stand. We have no idea what was wrong with the plane.’

She told the Belfast Telegraph there had been ‘huge relief’ when the aircraft touched down.

‘Thankfully we have had a safe landing and everyone is okay,’ she said. I am sure there will be a few passengers on board who will have found this experience a bit daunting however, thankfully everyone is safe and well.’

The Police Service of Northern Ireland was one of the emergency services that responded to the alert.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: ‘At approximately 10.13am this morning police responded to reports from Belfast International Airport that an aircraft had reported difficulties shortly after taking off.

‘Emergency services were put on stand-by. However, the plane was able to land safely at the airport at approximately 11.30am.

‘There have been no reports of any injuries.’

Emergency: The control tower and terminal buildings at Belfast International Airport County where the Thomas Cook landed safely this morning

Emergency: The control tower and terminal buildings at Belfast International Airport County where the Thomas Cook landed safely this morning

Flight path: The plane circled over Lough Neagh before making is final descent

Flight path: The plane circled over Lough Neagh before making is final descent

Plane makes emergency landing at Belfast Airport | Mail Online

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