By Sarah Keane • 27 January 2021 • 18:32
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DUBLIN airport flight declares a ‘mid air emergency’ and has to be diverted to Scotland
Emergency workers and the Scottish Coastguard rushed into action on Tuesday morning, January 26, when a cargo plane travelling from the Irish capital to Iceland reported a mid-air emergency over a “potentially difficult landing.” The aircraft registered difficulties and released a distress call just an hour after it left Dublin airport at 7am. The Bluebird Nordic plane had been headed for Reykjavik when it was forced to turn back and fly instead to Scotland; emergency services raced to Aberdeen International while the Coastguard manned the waters.
The Coastguard said: “We were called following an emergency aircraft alert at Stornoway Airport.
“The aircraft was diverted and the lifeboat stood down.
A spokeswoman for the fire crew added: “We were called out to the airport at 8.09am.
“There was an aircraft coming in that was going to have a potentially difficult landing but we were stood down.”
Messages on Twitter expressed concern when the aircraft rapidly dropped altitude, but a spokesperson for Aberdeen Airport confirmed that the plane landed safely at 9:02am.
At the beginning of the month, a passenger plane travelling from Amsterdam to Minneapolis was forced to declare an emergency and was diverted to Dublin airport after a traveller became seriously ill mid-flight.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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