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Plane fire fear forces emergency landing at Southend airport

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Media captionAirline Blue Islands claimed initial investigations suggested it had been a false alarm

A plane with 28 passengers on board was forced to make an emergency landing at London Southend Airport after fears one of its engines was on fire.

Firefighters were called to the airport at 08:30 GMT after the on-board crew reported a possible blaze in one of the engines.

The flight from Jersey had been due to land at London City Airport.

Airline Blue Islands claimed initial investigations suggested it had been a false alarm.

'Potentially extremely serious'

Divisional officer Neil Fenwick, who attended the incident, said: "This was a textbook operation. No-one appears to have been hurt.

Image caption The blaze was extinguished by the time the plane landed
Image caption There were 28 passengers and three crew members on board the plane

"The plane landed safely on one engine. We left the scene in the hands of the airport.

"This had the potential to be an extremely serious incident but everything which should happen in a situation like this did and the plane was able to land safely and no one has been hurt."

A spokeswoman for London Southend Airport said the pilot asked to land in Essex due to "technical difficulties".

Image caption The plane had been due to land at London City Airport
Image caption The pilot asked to land at London Southend Airport after getting into "difficulties"

"Emergency services were stood down shortly after landing and the aircraft taxied normally to the stand to allow passengers to disembark," said the spokesman. "They are now being coached back to London City Airport."

Blue Islands runs flights from Jersey and Guernsey to Amsterdam, Bristol, Chambery, Geneva, London City, Paris and Southampton.

A company spokesman said: "At approximately 08:28 local this morning, the Blue Islands flight SI712 Jersey to London City Airport, with 28 passengers and three crew on-board, experienced a safety warning.

"As a precautionary measure, the engine was shut down, and this flight followed standard procedures and diverted to London Southend Airport. The aircraft landed safely at London Southend at 08:48.

"The aircraft is currently being inspected by engineers at Southend. Initial indications are that no fire took place and it appears to be a false alert."

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