Flybe crash landing: Passenger plane in emergency at Belfast airport after nose gear breaks


A Flybe passenger plane has been forced to make a crash landing after its nose gear broke after taking off at Belfast airport.
The flight to Inverness carrying 52 people set off shortly after 11am, but the pilot quickly noticed a problem with the nose gear.
According to flight tracking website Airlive.net, the plane spent two hours circling 3,800ft above the Irish Sea to burn off fuel before making the emergency landing.
Pictures show the aircraft with its nose unsupported on the landing strip.
A Flybe spokesperson said: “Flybe can confirm that there has been an incident involving one of our Bombardier Q-400 aircraft, flight no BE331 which landed with no nose gear in place.
"The aircraft departed from Belfast City at 11.07 local time bound for Inverness. The incident occurred at Belfast International Airport at approximately 1330 local time.
"There are 52 passengers on board and four crew members. Our primary concern is for the welfare of the passengers and crew."
A spokeswoman for Belfast International Airport said: "A Flybe flight from Belfast to Inverness declared an emergency and landed at Aldergrove at about 1.20pm today.
"The airport is still open and full emergency procedures have been deployed."
Firefighters were on standby at Belfast International Airport for the emergency landing and said "no action" was required.
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