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Damage led to Belfast-Inverness plane landing without nose gear

The Flybe plane after landing Image copyright PA/Liam McBurney
Image caption The plane after landing at Belfast International Airport in November 2017

An Inverness-bound passenger plane landed without nose landing gear due to a damaged piece of equipment, according to an accident investigation.

Fifty-three passengers and four crew members were on board the Flybe flight BE331 from Belfast City Airport on 10 November 2017.

The crew indentified a problem with the nose gear and the aircraft was diverted to Belfast International Airport.

Two people suffered minor injuries after the plane landed.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) investigated the incident.

In its new report, it said a damaged piece of electrical equipment led to the nose gear failing to retract properly and to become jammed in the nose landing gear bay.

This then prevented the gear from extending again.

The AAIB said the manufacturer of the Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft had taken action to rectify the problem.

Investigators said the aircraft was evacuated in an orderly manner.

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