Northern Ireland

Belfast plane makes emergency landing

A plane with 175 passengers on board has made an emergency landing at Belfast International Airport after it developed technical problems taking off.

The flight, which was bound for Tenerife, had been circling the airport until it was cleared for landing at 11:30 GMT on Tuesday.

The Thomas Cook flight reported difficulties with its undercarriage after taking off just after 10:00 GMT.

No injuries have been reported.

Ambulance and Fire and Rescue Service crews were on standby at the airport while it circled the runway waiting for clearance to land.

A replacement plane will take the passengers to Tenerife on Tuesday afternoon.

A passenger who was on the plane told Radio Ulster how scared those on board were.

"The crew came round and told us all about bracing ourselves, taking our shoes off, using the emergency exits and leaving or luggage behind," she said.

"We flew round and round and round for more than an hour. A police helicopter came up and inspected the exterior of the plane.

Image caption The Thomas Cook plane landed safely at Belfast International Airport

"We were all in tears but we landed safely is all I can say - thankfully."

A spokesman for the airport, Uel Hoey, said the staff had handled the situation well.

"All emergency services were on standby and the aircraft landed without incident," he said.

"We are delighted our response was professional and reflects the airport's commitment to passenger safety.

"Our emergency procedures are continually assessed and we give our emergency situations the highest priority."