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Incident at Ronaldsway Airport 1 August 2008

Flybe confirms that flight BE7016 en route from Manchester to Belfast City with 89 passengers made an emergency diversion to the Isle of Man as a result of the crew judging that they could smell smoke in the aircraft cockpit.

The aircraft, an Embraer 195 made an emergency descent into the Isle of Man Airport as a precautionary measure, landing at 13.17. Upon landing, all passengers were disembarked as quickly as possible. On current information, four passengers incurred minor injuries during disembarkation.

The runway has now re-opened and FlyBe is arranging for all passengers to complete their journey to Belfast as soon as possible.

Transport Minister, David Anderson MHK said, “The well-rehearsed emergency plan was implemented and I would like to thank all those involved for their contribution to a safe and speedy resolution of this incident.
Naturally, I am relieved that the Viking incident in Liverpool earlier today passed without injury and again thank all those involved in safeguarding passenger safety and minimising inconvenience to travellers.”

At the airport, staff are currently working to minimise the ongoing disruptions caused and passengers are asked to check-in as normal.

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