Flybe flight on way to Scotland makes crash landing

BREAKING NEWS: Flybe passenger plane CRASH LANDS with nose gear up in Belfast after circling for two hours to burn off fuel

BREAKING NEWS: Flybe passenger plane CRASH LANDS with nose gear up in Belfast after circling for two hours to burn off fuel

Flight BE331 had 56 people onboard when it carried out the emergency landing at Belfast International Airport.

The flight tracking website reported that the plane was circling the skies for more than two hours to burn fuel before attempting to make an emergency landing.

It later made a crash landing without its nose gear in Belfast, resulting in the runway closing and the fire service being called.

The Flybe aircraft seen from a passenger landing on an EasyJet flight from Glasgow.

There were 53 passengers including a baby and four crew members on board.

Flybe CEO Christine Ourmieres-Widener, said: "Our crew took the necessary precautionary actions to ensure the aircraft landed as safely as was possible and I am proud of their professionalism in the circumstances".

Pictures and video show the Bombardier Q-400 aircraft with its nose unsupported hitting the ground.

"The aircraft departed from Belfast City at 11:07am bound for Inverness".

"Our primary concern is for the welfare of the passengers and crew".

The British Airline Pilot's Association (BALPA) has praised the skills of the pilot in landing the plane.

Brian Strutton, general secretary of the British Airline Pilots Association, said landing without nose gear is "a very hard maneuver".

"Flybe pilots appear to have done a sterling job".

Belfast City airport's main runway was closed to other aircraft and fire brigade vehicles waited near by.

NIFRS tweeted that the "aircraft has landed safely".

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch have sent a team to Belfast to investigate the incident. "No action required from NIFRS at the scene".

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