Passenger plane 'technical fault' sparks emergency response at Newquay Airport
SEVEN fire crews were called to Newquay Cornwall Airport as a precaution last night after an incoming plane carrying 40 passengers suffered a technical fault.
The crew of the Flybe Dash-8 plane, en-route from Gatwick, was coming in to land when the crew reported a problem with the aircraft’s hydraulics at around 9.30pm.
A Flybe spokeswoman confirmed this morning that the plane had “landed normally” and nobody was hurt.
She also stressed the incident did not classify as an emergency landing under Civil Aviation Authority guidelines.
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She said: “Flybe can confirm that Flight BE806 from London Gatwick to Newquay landed normally and without incident at Newquay airport. However, due to a minor technical fault, it was deemed necessary that the 40 passengers disembark the aircraft on the taxiway, which they did without incident before being bussed to the terminal. As is standard industry practice, the airport's emergency services attended the aircraft.
“Flybe regrets the inconvenience experienced by our passengers as a result of this incident.”
Passenger Matt Hulme said another passenger – possibly an ex-pilot - spotted fluid leaking from the left-hand propeller engine and informed the crew.
He said: “The captain told us there was a problem with the hydraulics so they were not able to steer the plane and a tug needed to tow it. He added that we should not be alarmed at the number of vehicles coming down the runway, and not to be alarmed by the fire engine.
“As I was picked up and taken away from the aircraft, about three or four fire engines shot past. That was when I thought, ‘OK, that could have been a bit more serious than I first thought’.”
Fire crews from Newquay, St Columb, St Dennis, St Austell, Wadebridge, Bodmin and Launceston rushed to the scene – but on arrival were told Newquay Airport Fire Service had already dealt with the problem.
A spokesman for Newquay Fire Station said: “We were called to a Dash-8 plane that had suffered a hydraulic leak. It was already on the ground when we arrived and we were there to make the scene safe.”
The BE802 flight from Gatwick that was due to arrive in Newquay at 10.15am today was been cancelled due to the incident. An earlier flight from Newquay to Gatwick was also cancelled.