Flybe flight announces mid-air emergency shutting down one engine over sea

Published on : Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Flybe_Purple_PlaneA Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 that was carrying 69 passengers circled over the North Channel – the sea between Northern Ireland and Scotland more than six times.


The flight declared a mid-air emergency, with the pilot sending out an “urgent” or “distress” situation code.


Flybe mentioned that the captain was forced to shut down one engine over water outside George Best Belfast City airport. One passenger, Claire Ronald, who was on board the flight expressed his gratitude saying that he was eager to thank the captain and crew on BE122 from Glasgow to Belfast for the intelligent decision.


They had to shut an engine down but all done really calm and not a hint of anxiety in customers due to their attitude, he added.


A passenger at Belfast City airport said fire crews, police and ambulances were on standby waiting for the aircraft to land.


The coastguard also confirmed it had been alerted.


A Flybe spokeswoman said that Flybe can confirm the flight landed safely at George Best Belfast City Airport following a technical fault that resulted in the captain electing to shut down the number one engine as a safety precaution.


The spokeswoman also asserted that the pilot followed all required procedures and the aircraft landed safely without further incident.


All 69 passengers disembarked as normal when the aircraft arrived on stand.


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