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'Propeller Stops' On Flight From Newquay Airport

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2:38pm 1st September 2014
(Updated 2:38pm 1st September 2014)

A passenger has told of the moment he looked out the window of a plane after taking off from Newquay - and realised the propeller had stopped.

Flybe admits the aircraft suffered a "technical issue" over the weekend.

The flight had to make an unscheduled landing at the Cornish base.

Musician Grant Nelson was among around 70 people onboard the service to Manchester.

Online he wrote: "About 10 minutes into the flight there was a pop and a mad revving sound from the left engine of the twin propeller plane. A few minutes after that we lost the left engine. Pretty disconcerting to look out of your window at 10,000 feet and see the propeller not spinning!

"Everybody on the plane held it together really well though, no mad panic, although there was lots of holding hands and people frantically texting what I assume was their friends and family.

"Anyway, after the air hostesses came up and down the aisle telling us all that they were having problems, the captain announced that the left engine was kaput, assured us that the plane was more than capable of flying on a single engine, and that we were going to have to turn back around and land back in Cornwall.

"We circled for the next 30 minutes, nobody knew why at the time, but that was a long 30 minutes I tell you! Anyway, eventually we landed, a bit roughly, but more importantly, safely back in Cornwall, without anybody getting hurt or freaking out."

Emergency crews were scrambled to Newquay airport as it returned to the base. Police say they were called to "an emergency landing" of a twin engine craft.

A spokesperson for Flybe insisted that it was not an emergency landing, adding: "Flybe can confirm that the above flight from Newquay to Manchester returned from airborne shortly after take-off as a result of a technical issue with the aircraft.

"The aircraft landed safely without incident and, as is normal in such circumstances, the airport's emergency vehicles were placed on standby as a precautionary measure.

"Once on stand, all 68 passengers disembarked as normal.

"The safety of its passengers and crew is Flybe's highest priority and the airline regrets any inconvenience experienced."

2:38pm 1st September 2014

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