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Flybe apologises after flight forced to return to Belfast city airport due to 'technical fault'

Flybe has apologised to passengers after a flight which took off from George Best Belfast City Airport yesterday was forced to return due to a "technical fault". Picture Tim Goode/PA Wire.
Marie Louise McConville

Flybe has apologised to passengers after a flight which took off from George Best Belfast City Airport yesterday was forced to return due to a "technical fault".

Emergency services were called to the airport after the flight, which was destined for Edinburgh and was as carrying 76 passengers, had to return.

In a statement, Flybe said the flight had returned from "airborne following a technical fault shortly after take off that resulted in the captain electing to shut down the number one engine as a safety precaution.

"The pilot followed all required procedures and the aircraft landed without further incident," said the spokeswoman.

"As is standard procedure, the aircraft was met by the airport’s emergency service vehicles.

"All 76 passengers disembarked as normal when the aircraft arrived on stand and will be re-accommodated on the next available flight.

"The safety of its passengers and crew is the airline’s number one priority and the airline apologises for any inconvenience experienced".

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