Flight forced to circle Edinburgh Airport after emergency call

The control tower at Edinburgh Airport.Pic: Julie Howden
The control tower at Edinburgh Airport.Pic: Julie Howden
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EMERGENCY services were scrambled to Edinburgh Airport this morning after an incoming flight radioed ahead with a possible faulty nose wheel.

Police, fire and ambulance were called to Ingliston shortly after 10am to bolster the airport’s own emergency response if needed.

Emergency services were called to Edinburgh Airport this morning

Emergency services were called to Edinburgh Airport this morning

The Loganair flight from Norwich circled the airport after indicating a problem with its nose wheel steering.

It landed safely and the possible fault is now being investigated. A later return flight was delayed for nearly four hours while a replacement plane was found.

Loganair Chief Operations Officer Maurice Boyle said: “One of our Dornier 328 aircraft, flying from Norwich to Edinburgh on flight LM301, had an indication fault on approach to Edinburgh at 1000 today.

“The aircraft, which carried 19 passengers and three crew, circled the airport to allow other aircraft to land prior to commencing his approach.

“No emergency was declared, however as is standard practice the Airport Fire Service was placed on standby and the aircraft landed safely without further incident at 1030.

“The outcome of the incident was that the return service to Norwich was delayed by 3 hours 50 minutes while a substitute aircraft was deployed. We apologise to passengers for the inconvenience.”

A spokesman for the airport confirmed emergency services were deployed as part of the airport’s “standard procedure.”