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Belfast flight to Manchester forced to return to the airport

Flybe flight from Belfast to Manchester was returned to the City Airport as a precaution.

A Belfast flight to Manchester has been forced to return to the airport shortly after take-off sparking an emergency response.

The Flybe plane requested to return to George Best Belfast City Airport at around 7pm on Thursday.

Fire service, ambulance and police were called to the scene as a precaution, the plane landed safely.

A Flybe spokeswoman told Belfast Live: "Flybe can confirm that following an indication of a possible technical issue the captain took the appropriate decision to return to Belfast as a precautionary measure.

"The issue was rectified during a thorough engineering inspection.

"The safety of its passengers and crew is the airline's number one priority at all times and Flybe would like to sincerely apologise for any inconvenience experienced."

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