Southend airport plane diversion 'not because of fire'

Blue Islands plane
Image caption The Blue Islands plane was diverted to London Southend Airport as a precaution, the airline said

A plane which made an emergency landing at London Southend Airport was not on fire despite fears an engine had caught light, it has emerged.

Firefighters were called to the site at 08:30 GMT on 2 January.

Airline Blue Islands said a "safety alert" was received on the flight deck, which led to a "precautionary diversion".

"Following on from engineers' inspection, there was no fire as initially reported," a spokesman said.

"Safety is our number one priority at Blue islands, and the crew correctly followed the safest course of action at all times," he added.

Image caption One of the aircraft's engines was shut down following a safety warning

Twenty-eight passengers and three crew were on board the flight from Jersey to London City Airport.

One of the aircraft's engines was shut down after a safety warning and the plane landed safely about 20 minutes later.

The plane was returned to service the morning after the diversion.

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

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