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Passengers Safe After Emergency Teams Scrambled At Airport

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2:18pm 5th September 2013
(Updated 2:18pm 5th September 2013)

More than forty passengers are safe - after a problem after landing at Newquay airport.

It is thought the Flybe service from London suffered an hydraulic glitch as it came in just after nine o'clock on Tuesday night.

It got down OK - and was met by emergency teams from the airport.

Passengers onboard flight BE806 say the plane came to a standstill at the end of the runway - and they were kept onboard till teams had made it safe.

Matt from Falmouth was one of those onboard. He told Pirate FM: "We landed as normal and then the plane very slowly crawled up the runway. I'm quite a frequent flyer, so thought we should be moving a bit quicker.

"The pilot was great - he very calmly came over saying there was a slight problem with the hydraulics and because of that they were unable to steer the plane."

You can hear the rest of Matt's story here...

 

A spokesperson for Flybe said: "Flybe can confirm that the above flight landed normally and without incident at Newquay airport. However, due to a minor technical fault, it was deemed necessary that the 40 passengers disembark the aircraft on the taxiway, which they did without incident before being bussed to the
terminal.

"As is standard industry practice, the airport's emergency services attended the aircraft.

"Flybe regrets the inconvenience experienced by our passengers as a result of this incident."

A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "On a request from Newquay Airport stating a problem with an aircraft on the ground, Cornwall Fire & Rescue mobilised several different resources from Newquay, St. Columb, St. Dennis, St. Austell, Wadebridge, Bodmin and Launceston.

"On arrival at a pre determined rendezvous point, the crews were advised that the incident had been dealt with by the Newquay Airport Fire Service, the incident involved the hydraulics of a plane which was on the ground."

People living near the airport report hearing sirens and seeing emergency crews rushing to the scene.

Police say they were notified by the fire service and believe the problem to have been caused by hydraulics as the plane touched down.

One person onboard the aircraft says the atmosphere was calm - and he ended up reading a book while he waited to be let off.

Early morning flights to Gatwick from Newquay were cancelled on Wednesday morning - as was the Flybe return flight due to land in Cornwall at 10.15am.

2:18pm 5th September 2013

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