Passenger jet bound for Edinburgh makes 'emergency' landing in Faro
An Edinburgh-bound passenger jet carrying 140 British passengers had to make an 'unscheduled' landing in Faro, Portugal, after a mechanical malfunction.
The pilot of the Jet2 plane became aware of a technical problem retracting the jet's flaps shortly after take-off at around 12.30pm on Thursday, and decided to land the plane as a safety precaution.
The plane had to turn back to Faro airport, but not before circling above the ocean to burn off fuel.
Fire crews were reportedly waiting on the runway, but the plane landed without incident 75 minutes after it had taken off, and passengers disembarked normally.
A replacement aircraft was deployed, and passengers landed safely in Edinburgh at 1.20am on Friday.
According to the Daily Mail, Jet2 released an official statement that said: "Shortly after take off the 12:30pm flight from Faro to Edinburgh on 6th September there was a minor technical fault indication.
"The captain followed the standard procedure, in that event, to return to Faro, where the aircraft landed normally.
"We provided a replacement aircraft which landed back in Edinburgh at 1:20am this morning. We would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused."
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