Emergency landing: Parts of wing detach after London City Airport take-off

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Emergency landing: Parts of wing detach after London City Airport take-off
15th May 2014

A plane had to make an emergency landing in London after part of its wing fell off shortly after take-off. None of the 61 passengers on board were injured. 

A video posted on YouTube shows how the detached wing is flapping in the wind. The CityJet aircraft was bound for Florence from London City Airport and passengers have told of their terror after hearing a loud bang. 

The plane landed back at London City Airport after circling the Thames Estuary. "The WX 281 flight had just taken off from London City Airport on its way to Florence when the cover of the operating mechanism on the wing became partially detached," a spokesman said. 

"The crew followed their standard procedures and, after a discussion with CityJet Maintenance Control, decided to return to London City Airport. 

"Air Traffic Control were notified and the aircraft returned making a normal approach and landing. Passengers are being re-directed on another aircraft and will depart with a two-hour delay."

For more on this story, read the article in the Evening Standard.

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