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Cardiff flight forced to make emergency landing in Paris

Flybe plane
Image caption The Flybe flight from Geneva to Cardiff was forced to make an emergency landing in Paris due to technical problems

A flight from Geneva to Cardiff was forced to make an emergency landing in Paris after suffering "a minor technical fault".

A passenger on Flybe's BE1832 flight on Saturday told BBC Wales it was a rough landing but the crew remained calm.

Firefighters rushed to the Bombardier DHC-8-400 aircraft on the runway at Paris Orly Airport, and dowsed it in water using hoses.

All 68 passengers were unhurt and are expected to be flown to Cardiff later.

A spokeswoman for Flybe confirmed that the flight "experienced a minor technical fault and diverted to Paris Orly".

Image caption Passenger Luke Broadley took this photo from the aircraft

"A replacement aircraft has been sent and passengers are expected back into Cardiff before 21:00 GMT.

Hydraulic

"Flybe would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused."

The Cardiff-bound flight had left Geneva Airport at 15:30 GMT.

But passenger Luke Broadley said the captain made an announcement about 45 minutes into their journey warning there was a technical problem and the plane would be landing.

The landing was unstable, but not particularly scary, Mr Broadley said, and he praised staff for their efforts.

Passengers were later told the problem was a "hydraulic issue" and the airline would arrange for a plane from Birmingham to bring them back to Cardiff later on Saturday.

Flybe's flight information on its website says the flight was delayed until 20:50 GMT.

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