'Full emergency' at East Midlands Aiport

Six fire engines were called out to East Midlands Airport this morning in response to reports of an 'aircraft in distress'.

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'Minor technical fault' caused emergency landing

Airline response to emergency landing at East Midlands airport Credit: Thomson

Thomson Airways says that a minor technical fault triggered today's emergency landing and that incidents like this are very rare.

The airline has released this statement following the incident involving a Birmingham-bound plane.

"Thomson Airways is sorry for any inconvenience caused by the diversion of flight TOM831, travelling from Barbados to Birmingham, into East Midlands airport this morning. The diversion was due to a suspected minor technical fault.

"The aircraft landed as normal and was checked at East Midlands airport before being cleared to proceed to Birmingham.The safety of passengers and crew is our number one priority and incidents such as this are very rare"

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Distressed plane was a First Choice aircraft operated by TUI

An East Midlands Airport spokesperson said that the plane was diverted to East Midlands rather than continuing to Birmingham as when a "full emergency" is declared the plane must get to the nearest possible airport.

Six fire and rescue crews were on standby as the plane came into land.

The aircraft has now continued on its way to Birmingham Airport, its original destination.

Aircraft diverted from Birmingham Airport

The aircraft described as being "in distress" this morning at East Midlands Airport had been diverted from Birmingham Airport, a spokesperson has said.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service sent five fire engines and one Command Support Vehicle to the scene.

The fire service were called at 5:20 and the incident was over just after 6:00 when the Boeing 767 landed safely.

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