Flybe flight makes emergency landing following technical fault


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The pilot of an airplane carrying 34 passengers had to turn off an engine before making an emergency landing after the aircraft developed a technical fault midair.

The Flybe flight from Southampton to Jersey had to turn back to the Hampshire airport this morning after the problem was spotted midair.

The Bombardier Q400 aircraft, operating flight BE229, was met by the airport's emergency crews as it made the landing safely at about 8.50am.

The passengers were disembarked and were able to join another flight to Jersey.

A Flybe spokesman said: "Flybe can confirm that flight BE229 from Southampton to Jersey landed safely at Southampton airport after returning from airborne following a technical fault that resulted in the captain electing to shut down the number two engine as a safety precaution.

"The Bombardier Q400 aircraft is designed to continue flying safely with one of its engines shut down but, as is standard industry procedure, the aircraft was met by the airport's emergency service vehicles.

"The aircraft landed without further incident and all 34 passengers disembarked as normal and were reaccommodated on another flight.

"Flybe regrets any inconvenience experienced by passengers but as always the safety of our passengers and crew remains the airline's number one priority."