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Jet2 release statement over plane diversion

“Flight LS597 from Newcastle to Faro returned to Newcastle Airport due to a minor issue and as a precautionary measure was met by emergency services.

"The aircraft landed safely and a replacement will ensure that our customers depart for their destination later this morning. We would like to apologise to our customers affected by this today.”

– Jet2 spokesperson

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Emergency crews have attended diverted plane

Emergency crews were called to assist a passenger plane that made an emergency landing at Newcastle Airport this morning.

Kelly Collier was on board the Jet2 flight LS597 to Faro when it experienced problems.

She told ITV Tyne Tees: "the air pressure dropped in the cabin and everyone had earache."

"Ambulances and fire engines were around us at the end of runway."

No one was hurt in the incident.

Plane diverted back to Newcastle Airport

Airport emergency crews on standby as plane diverted back to Newcastle Airport Credit: Kelly Collier

A plane has been diverted back to Newcastle Airport after experiencing problems during the flight.

Kelly Collier, who was passenger on the Jet2 plane, told ITV Tyne Tees there was a loss of cabin pressure.

She said airport emergency crews were waiting for them as they taxied in, but no one was hurt.

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Newcastle Airport to train African airport firefighters

Newcastle Airport plan to expand firefighter training to airports in other countries Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Newcastle Airport has secured a contract with the African state of Cameroon to train firefighters at an airport there.

The North East fire and emergency response team has built a strong reputation training units across the UK.

Newcastle Airport training firefighters Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Airport told to pay multi-million pound court costs

Newcastle Airport has been told to pay the costs of a multimillion-pound legal dispute despite "formally" winning, lawyers say. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The company which runs Newcastle Airport has been told to pay the costs of a multimillion-pound legal dispute with a firm of solicitors, despite "formally" winning, lawyers say.

Airport chiefs had sued Eversheds in relation to contracts entered into with former chief executive John Parkin and former finance director Lars Friis in 2006, which allowed the two men to claim bonuses totalling £8 million.

In October 2012, a High Court judge dismissed a claim for damages.

But an appeal by the airport appeal was "formally" allowed, and Eversheds was ordered to pay ''nominal'' compensation of £2 because they should have provided a "memorandum" explaining a summary of changes to contracts.

Now a spokeswoman for Eversheds says that they have been awarded costs for both the first trial and the appeal, meaning the airport with have to pay both legal bills.

In a statement the airport said the decision on costs would not result in a "call" on the public purse because insurance was in place.

New 787 Dreamliner lands at Newcastle Airport

One of the most advanced passenger planes in the world has landed at Newcastle International Airport. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been specially designed to make it quieter and more fuel efficient than any other airliner in its class

The visit was the first time the aircraft has come to the North East. It is expected that the 787 will be used by Thomson's for holiday flights out of Newcastle next year.

Richard Wilson reports.

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