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Dramatic image of plane following emergency landing at Belfast International Airport

Passengers are advised to check with their airlines before flying

There are a number of flight delays at Belfast International Airport following an emergency landing earlier this afternoon (Friday).

A Flybe aircraft was forced to circle the skies for more than two hours to burn fuel before diverting to Belfast International after taken off from George Best Airport shortly after 11am.

A Flybe spokesperson said: “Flybe can confirm that there has been an incident involving one of our Bombardier Q-400 aircraft, flight no BE331 which landed with no nose gear in place.

“The aircraft departed from Belfast City at 1107 local time bound for Inverness. The incident occurred at Belfast International Airport at approximately 1330 local time.

“There are 52 passengers on board and four crew members. Our primary concern is for the welfare of the passengers and crew.”

A spokesperson for Belfast International Airport said: “We are currently dealing with an incident on our main runway.

“The airport is open and operational as we are utilising the crosswind runway.”

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