- Geoff Coyles/Twitter
- A Flybe service made an emergency landing in Belfast on Friday.
- It had lost the use of its nose gear at some point during the flight.
- The Flybe plane was diverted at Belfast International Airport.
- One person was taken to hospital with a minor hand injury.
A plane was forced to stage an emergency landing after its nose gear, including front wheels, failed to deploy.
The Flybe service BE331 from Belfast, Northern Ireland, to Inverness in the Scottish Highlands had to make an emergency landing when the problem became clear.
The Bombardier Q-400 aircraft landed back in Belfast after two hours and 23 minutes in the air, but was diverted to Belfast International Airport, rather than its point of origin at Belfast City Airport. There were 57 people on board.
The plane had a rough landing, and one passenger was taken to hospital after suffering a minor hand injury, Flybe confirmed.
Belfast International Airport’s runway was closed and fire crews attended the scene. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that no action was required from them there.
It was not clear exactly what went wrong with the nose gear. Flybe would only say that it was “not raised” when the plane came in to land.
Witnesses shared dramatic photos of the aftermath on social media.
During the flight, which was only meant to take around an hour, the plane circled repeatedly over Belfast Lough, a sea inlet off Northern Ireland’s east coast, before the landing, the BBC reported.
- Google Maps
A Flybe spokeswoman told Business Insider in a statement:
“Flybe can confirm that one passenger was taken to hospital with a minor hand injury following an incident involving one of our aircraft this afternoon which landed with its nose gear raised at Belfast International Airport at 13.30 local time.
“There are no further reports of any other passenger or crew injuries.
“There were 52 passengers plus one infant on board and four crew members.
“We are sending a specialist team to Belfast to offer assistance and we will now do all we can to understand the cause of this incident.”