Airbus A320 forced to burn off fuel as passengers prepared
An aircraft on a charter flight operated by Thomas Cook was forced to return to its departure airport – but not before circling for two hours to burn off fuel. The flight, carrying 175 people, had just left the runway at Belfast International Airport when its wheels failed to retract. Passengers were told how to prepare for an emergency landing while the Airbus A320 burned off fuel by circling Lough Neagh.
A full fleet of ambulances, fire engines and police vehicles was mobilised on the ground. The step was also taken for a police helicopter to examine the aircraft’s undercarriage from the air. However, the plane landed safely and no injuries were reported.