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Flybe plane makes emergency landing in Belfast after nose gear fails

From Reuters - November 10, 2017

BELFAST, Nov 10 (Reuters) - A Flybe aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in Northern Ireland on Friday after its nose gear failed.

The Bombardier Q400 turboprop plane with 52 passengers and four crew on board was on route from Belfast City Airport to Inverness when an emergency was declared.

The aircraft circled over the Irish Sea before making the emergency landing and coming to rest with its nose cone on the tarmac at Belfast International Airport. One person was slightly injured.

Flybe can confirm that one passenger was taken to hospital with a minor hand injury following an incident involving one of our aircraft this afternoon which landed with its nose gear raised at Belfast International Airport, a spokesman for the airline said.

The airline said it was sending a specialist team to Belfast to do all we can to understand the cause of this incident.

Last month, Flybe issued a profit warning, citing higher than expected aircraft maintenance costs, and said it aimed to improved the reliability of the Bombardier Q400 in particular.

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