Edinburgh-bound plane Engine shut-down in emergency

A Loganair Saab 340, similar to the one shown, was diverted after shutting down an engine.

A Loganair Saab 340, similar to the one shown, was diverted after shutting down an engine.

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The pilot of a plane had to shut-down one engine and divert to the closest airport today after declaring an emergency mid-flight.

The Loganair Saab 340 was heading from Sumburgh Airport in Shetland to Edinburgh with 31 people on board when the crew requested a priority landing due to a cockpit warning light.

Emergency services were put on stand-by at Aberdeen International Airport as the decision was made to cut the flight short as a “precaution”.

The aircraft landed safely in Aberdeen at 8:40am and fire crews were stood down.

A Loganair spokesman said: “Flight BE6992 carrying 28 passengers and three crew left Sumburgh at 7.40am for Edinburgh Airport.

“A warning indicator light came on and the captain took the decision to shut down one engine as a precaution and divert to the nearest airport.

“The Saab 340 aircraft landed safely at Aberdeen Airport at 8.40am, where it was met by emergency services as is standard procedure.

“Arrangements are being made to take the passengers on to their original destination.”

Just over 12 hours earlier another flight had to make an emergency landing at the same airport amid reports that a fire had broken out on board.

The passenger-less Eastern Airways aircraft was being re-positioned to the north-east of Scotland from Sweden when the pilot declared an emergency.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were put on stand-by at Aberdeen amid reports that a fire had broken out on board the Saab 2000.

However Eastern Airways later reported that a cockpit warning relating to an auxiliary power unit was the reason for the pilot’s emergency call.

It landed safely at 7:20pm on Thursday night and fire crews were not required.

A spokesman for Eastern Airways said: “Our crew were repositioning an empty aircraft from Orebro in Sweden to Aberdeen and reported a cockpit warning indication relating to the aircraft’s Auxiliary Power Unit (APU).

“There were no passengers on-board the Saab 2000, and the two pilots landed safely at 7.20pm.

“After vacating the runway the aircraft then taxied to its parking stand.

“A full inspection of the aircraft is being carried out by our engineers.”

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