Tyne & Wear

Plane makes emergency landing at Newcastle Airport

An investigation is under way after a plane had to make an emergency landing at Newcastle International Airport.

The Eastern Airways plane, travelling from Southampton to Aberdeen, was diverted after the captain reported a fault with its cockpit instruments.

The 12 passengers and three crew on board the Jetstream 41 were able to leave the plane via the steps following the landing at 08:25 BST.

The airport's website has not reported any delays as a result of the incident.

Eastern Airways said in a statement: "The captain of T3 4902 reported a fault relating to some of the cockpit instruments and as a precaution opted to divert to Newcastle Airport.

"We have launched an investigation and engineers are inspecting the aircraft.

"Passengers are being transferred on to the next available flight to Aberdeen from Newcastle to continue their journey.

"We apologise to passengers for the inconvenience, however we will always err on the side of caution as safety is paramount."

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