12/14/2006

Flight forced to return to Belfast

A flight from Belfast to Southampton had to make an emergency landing after the aircraft experienced difficulties yesterday evening.

The incident happened just before 6.30pm when the Flybe flight containing 54 passengers was forced to return to George Best Belfast City Airport after the pilot reported that he was experiencing technical difficulties.

Emergency services were called to the scene and the nearby Sydenham by-pass in east Belfast was closed until the plane returned.

The aircraft landed safely and there were no injuries.

(EF)

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