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Flybe plane 'crash lands' after pilots declare emergency due to 'nose gear issue'

Mirror logo Mirror 10/11/2017 Rachael Burford
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Pilot saves 56 on board after Flybe plane crash-lands at Belfast airport [Newsflare]

A Flybe plane has 'crashed landed' after pilots declared an emergency on board when it took off from from Belfast this morning.

The BE331 flight left George Best Airport at 11.20am, but shortly after departure staff reported a 'possible nose gear issue', according to AirLive.net.

a helicopter parked on a runway at an airport: Credits: Twitter © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Twitter The Inverness-bound plane was circling the skies for more than an hour in an effort to 'burn fuel'.

It landed back in Belfast at 1.43pm with its nose gear up. The runway was closed to other aircraft while it landed and firefighters were on the scene.

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A Flybe spokesman said: Flybe can confirm that there has been an incident involving one of our Bombadier Q-400 aircraft, flight number BE331, which landed with no nose gear in place.

"The aircraft departed from Belfast City at 11:07am local time bound for INverness.

"The incident occurred at Belfast International Airport at approximately 1:30pm local time.

a close up of a map: Credits: BelfastLive/ WS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: BelfastLive/ WS "There are 52 passengers on board and four crew members. Our primary concern is for the welfare of the passengers and crew.

"All statements relating to this incident will be posted immediately."

a large air plane on a runway: Credits: @Airlive/Twitter © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: @Airlive/Twitter Trish Corbett was one of those on board and she has tweeted that everyone got off safely.

She said: "Inverness Flybe emergency landing at Belfast International Airport. All passengers safely off."

a large air plane on a runway at an airport: Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: PA Last month a passenger filmed the moment a Flybe plane was forced to make an "emergency landing" in the UK after a tyre blew out during take off in Germany.

Flight BE7212 was surrounded by fire engines when it touched down  "without incident" shortly after 11am on October 18.

Emergency services were placed on alert after one of the plane's tyres exploded when it set off from Dusseldorf.

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