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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"

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.


87-year-old Kegworth survivor describes the moments after the crash

An 87-year-old Kegworth air crash survivor has described the moments after the crash in 1989.

Alan Johnston was on the flight, and says his first thought was to check the people sat around him were alright.

Of the 126 on board British Midland Flight BD092, 47 were killed, and 74 other were injured, many of them seriously.

Read more: Why did Flight BD092 crash?

Pictures: Kegworth air crash memorial

Pictures of the Kegworth air crash memorial

A service has taken place in the village of Kegworth, to remember the 47 people who died in the air crash that happened on the nearby M1 motorway, 25 years ago today.

Below are pictures of the wreath laying at the memorial stone in the village that took place this morning.

The memorial stone in Kegworth vilage Credit: ITV News Central
A policeman lays flowers to commemorate the 25th anniversary Credit: ITV News Central
The engraving on the memorial Credit: ITV News Central

Read more: Scale of Kegworth crash hard to describe

Council: 'It's always there in the back of your mind'

This morning wreaths were laid at a memorial stone in Kegworth Cemetrery to remember those who died in the Kegworth air disaster 25 years go.

Lesley Pendleton, Kegworth Parish Council said: "Those that lived in the village at the time, a lot of whom were involved in the rescue operation, obviously those have memories of the time.

"Events like today will bring that back to them. Obviously if there's a funny noise on an aircraft when it's coming into land, you often think there's something wrong with that and then you hear it land and the reverse thrust and you know it's down safely.

"It's always there in the back of your mind."

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