Edinburgh Flybe flight delayed as hole glued

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Loganair has apologised to passengers after an Edinburgh to Stornoway flight was delayed by more than two hours while a hole in the aircraft’s de-icing system was patched.

The repair held back 15 passengers on the service, operated on behalf of Flybe, last Wednesday. The patch was used to cover a pin-size hole in rubber tubing attached to the tail which inflates inflight to break up any forming ice.

A Loganair spokesman said: “During a pre-flight inspection ahead of the 5pm departure of the BE6147 service, a fault was discovered in the aircraft’s de-icing system. The pneumatic section of the tail needed an adhesive patch, which required the necessary curing period before the aircraft was cleared for departure at 7:23pm.

“We would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the inconvenience caused.”