Update: Jet lands safely after landing gear issue

Update: Jet lands safely after landing gear issue

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Update:

2.15pm – The flight made a low fly past at 2.10pm so that engineers could carry out a visual inspection of the landing gear from the ground.

2.35pm – The aircraft landed safely at 2.28pm and after a further inspection on the runway, the jet was towed to the terminal.

There were 121 passengers and 9 crew on board.

7.30pm – The flight has been cancelled

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Emergency services are standing by at Shannon Airport for an aircraft due around 2.00pm.

The United Airlines jet has been burning off aviation fuel for almost two hours after the crew reported a problem shortly after taking off from Belfast.

Flight UA-76 was on its way to Newark in the US when the issue arose. It’s understood the crew reported a possible problem with the aircrafts landing gear.

The crew has been flying up and down the west coast and are due to make an approach to Shannon shortly.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Authorities at Shannon have implemented emergency procedures which includes alerting the statutory emergency services, including local authority fire service, ambulance service and An Garda.

The aircraft is expected to carry out a low fly past over the runway to allowed air traffic controllers to carry out a visual inspection of the landing gear from the tower.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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