Emergency services scrambled for flight to Glasgow Airport
Emergency services had to be put on stand-by at a city airport when an incoming plane carrying 235 passengers reported problems with its hydraulics.
The Thomas Cook flight from Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete was approaching Glasgow Airport when the pilot radioed controllers.
Police, firefighters and the coastguard were alerted at about 4pm on Thursday.
But they were stood down when the Boeing 757 landed safely at 5:30pm.
A plane’s hydraulics system uses energy generated by the engine to power the rest of the aircraft. This controls the release of the wheels for landing.
A spokeswoman for Thomas Cook said: “We can confirm that our Glasgow-bound flight from Crete experienced a technical issue and as a precaution the airport ensured assistance was available on landing.
“Our passengers were kept up-to-date throughout and the aircraft landed normally and on schedule at Glasgow.”
Passengers were made to wait half an hour before being allowed to leave the plane.
An airport spokesman said some other flights were disrupted as a result of the emergency.
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