Jet sparks emergency at airport

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A MILITARY jet sparked an emergency operation after it was forced to circle Edinburgh Airport for more than an hour in a bid to shed fuel.

The Tristar aircraft, which was transporting injured soldiers home, experienced problems with its wing flaps just after midday yesterday.

The pilot had to fly in with its gear down in a bid to burn off fuel so that the plane would be lighter, reducing pressure on the brakes. It landed safely just after 1pm.