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Last Updated: Monday, 30 July 2007, 14:27 GMT 15:27 UK
Aircraft makes emergency landing
Flybe Q400
The Flybe Q400 was travelling from Manchester Airport
An aircraft has had to make an emergency landing at Edinburgh Airport.

The Flybe Bombardier Q400 had 36 people on board when crew members were forced to shut down one of its two turboprop engines on Monday morning.

The airport was put on full emergency alert after the plane's captain put out an emergency call at 0740 BST.

The plane, which had been travelling from Manchester Airport, landed safely and all on board left the aircraft just before 0800 BST.

I did wonder if the engine was on fire when I saw all the fire engines outside the plane
Jim Mulhall

Jim Mulhall, 47, a safety consultant for the oil and gas industry, who was on the plane said: "When the captain told us they were going to cut an engine everyone went quiet, probably because they were apprehensive.

"He told us it was not a problem and then there was an obvious reduction in noise as the engine went off and again he assured us it wasn't an issue.

"We came down with a bang much more than normal and he stopped the plane quickly.

"I did wonder if the engine was on fire when I saw all the fire engines outside the plane."

Flying pattern

A Flybe spokeswoman said: "On Monday morning, Flybe flight BE7220 from Manchester to Edinburgh landed without incident at 0750 after reporting a technical fault with the aircraft.

"This resulted in a warning light showing on the control panel. Engineers are investigating the fault and the aircraft is expected to resume its normal flying pattern this afternoon.

"The Bombardier Q400 is a state of the art aircraft that is designed and manufactured to land safely after such an incident.

"There was no adverse reaction from the passengers on board who disembarked safely upon arrival at Edinburgh."

A BAA spokeswoman at the airport said: "We were at first put on a procedure called full emergency standby.

"But the whole incident was stood down very quickly, all procedures were followed and everyone landed very safely."

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