Northern Ireland

Low-flying plane 'damages homes'

Aeroplane landing

Residents in east Belfast have claimed roof tiles on their homes were dislodged by a low-flying aeroplane on Saturday.

The two properties are at Oval Court off Mersey Street.

A spokesperson for George Best Belfast City Airport said it was treating the incidents "extremely seriously".

She added that the air traffic control department was carrying out an investigation into what happened.

The chair of the local residents' group, Mark Magee, described the incident as "disgraceful".

He said the occupants of the two properties, both bungalows, were elderly and in poor health.

'Alarmed'

"It is only a matter of time before someone is in their garden and one of these tiles flies off and hits them," he said.

Liz Fawcett, chair of Belfast City Airport Watch, said the group was alarmed by the incident.

The spokesperson for the airport said a member of its staff had been to see those affected and would be taking "necessary steps to measure the plots of the aircraft at the time of the incident".

She added: "We can therefore not be conclusive to the cause of the damage until we receive the outcome of this investigation

"Regardless, Belfast City Airport take incidents such as these extremely seriously and are happy to continue to engage with both households with regards to further support and repairs of the roof damage as a measure of good will."

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