Flybe plane makes emergency landing at Southampton Airport

A Flybe plane made an emergency landing at Southampton Airport after the pilots discovered a technical problem.

Monday, 4th April 2016, 8:32 am
Updated Monday, 4th April 2016, 8:41 am

The Flybe BE886 flight, which took off for Glasgow shortly before 1pm yesterday with 65 passengers aboard returned shortly afterwards.

A full emergency response was initiated as the plane circled the airport several times. It landed safely at 1.20pm.

A Southampton Airport spokesman said: ‘Flight BE886 was going to Glasgow when there was a technical issue and it returned to the airport.

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‘All the normal emergency procedures were followed but it landed safely and the passengers disembarked normally before getting on another flight to their destination.’

Flybe said: ‘Flybe can confirm that the captain of the flight elected to return to Southampton shortly after take-off earlier today following a suspected technical fault with the aircraft.

‘As is usual in such circumstances, the airport put its emergency vehicle on local standby.

‘The aircraft landed safely without incident and as a precautionary measure was towed to stand where all 66 passengers disembarked as normal.

‘Passengers were re-accommodated on an alternate flight which departed with a two hour and 20 minute delay.

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