Lucky escape af­ter crash land­ing

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

A pas­sen­ger on a flight bound for In­ver­ness which crash-landed with­out its front wheel in Belfast has re­vealed he feared he would not make it off the plane alive.

Ray­mond Hill was one of 52 pas­sen­gers on board Flybe flight BE331 as it took off from Belfast on Fri­day just af­ter 11am.

It was ex­pected to land in the High­land cap­i­tal around an hour later but in­stead pas­sen­gers were told there was a prob­lem with one of the plane’s wheels just mo­ments af­ter tak­ing off from Ge­orge Best Belfast City Air­port.

Af­ter an hour of try­ing to work out how to fix the prob­lem mid-air the plane’s cap­tain told pas­sen­gers and three crew to pre­pare for an emer­gency land­ing.

Mr Hill, 57, who lives near Belfast, said: “It seemed like a week up there. We were just hold­ing hands and some peo­ple were cry­ing.

“No­body spoke as the staff went through the drills about what to do when we landed. It was very eerie.”

The flight was di­verted to Belfast In­ter­na­tional Air­port for its dra­matic land­ing.

One pas­sen­ger was taken to hos­pi­tal with a sprained thumb but there were no other in­juries.

The air­port’s op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor Alan White­side said: “It was stress­ful for the crew, but it was prob­a­bly just as stress­ful for the pas­sen­gers.”

Ray­mond Hill

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