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Belfast Ryanair landing due to cleaning chemical

The plane made a precautionary landing at Belfast City Airport

The "acrid smell" which led to a plane making a precautionary landing in Belfast was caused by chemicals used to clean the engines, Ryanair has said.

The engines had to be cleaned after traces of volcanic ash were found in them on Sunday.

The plane was one of two aircraft grounded by volcanic dust on Sunday.

It had taken off from Belfast City Airport for London Stansted at 0710 BST on Tuesday but had to turn back when a smell filled the cabin.

It landed at 0730 BST and all 154 passengers disembarked safely.

Passenger Andy Patterson said: "There was a slight delay before the flight as they were checking out the engines.

"Slightly after take-off there was a distinct smell of fumes in the cabin. A short while later the pilot came over the tannoy and said we would return to Belfast as a precautionary measure," he added.

A spokesperson from Belfast City Airport said emergency services had attended the scene as a precaution.

The plane is now back in service.

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