Flybe aircraft lands without front landing gear

The plane operated flight BE331 from Belfast to Inverness, in the United Kingdom, and had to make an emergency landing.

The aircraft of Flybe airline with 52 passengers and 4 crew members on board suffered a problem with the front landing gear shortly after taking off from George Best Belfast City International Airport (BHD) last Friday.

The pilot declared the emergency at 11:20 local time and the plane circled for two hours while they tried to solve the problem before landing at the Belfast International Airport (BFS).

Finally, the pilots landed the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 without being able to deploy the front landing gear and the passengers prepared for an emergency landing. There were no injuries.

Alan Whiteside, director of operations at Belfast International Airport, said: “It was a very good landing.”, and he added, “The flight deck crew were superb, they landed on the main undercarriage, they held the nose of the aircraft up to the last possible moment, bleeding off all the air speed and still keeping control and just dropping it at the very last minute.”

Meanwhile on the ground, the team of firefighters and rescue workers were waiting for the plane.

Image of Flightradar24 showing the route that the plane had to make before landing in Belfast.

Flybe radar path