Flybe emergency landing closes Gatwick - Gatwick,Cardiff Airport News

Airport news for Gatwick,Cardiff on 27/07/2009.

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A Flybe flight, on a Dash 8 aircraft, was on route to the Cardiff airport from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, with 46 passengers on board, when it was forced to land at the West Sussex late on Friday morning.

It was reported that all passengers and members of the crew disembarked safely. The plane, which was parked just off the runway and remained there from 11:25am local time until approximately 1:00pm, with the airport shut down for that period.

It was thought at the time that the plane may have made the emergency landing due to a problem with smoke on board.

A spokesman for Gatwick airport noted that there were 11 flights due to land that had to be diverted to other airports, and that an additional 15 flights were in “stacking” positions, while waiting for permission to land.

The spokesman for Gatwick airport said: “Three other flights have been held on the ground. We are advising those due to take flights today to turn up as normal,” adding: “This is a busy day but it's not our most busy of the summer. We're hoping that delays will be kept to a minimum.”

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