Boeing 737 in emergency landing at Cork Airport after pilot fears fuel leak

A major emergency plan was put into place at Cork Airport last night, after a flight from Belfast to Spain was forced to make an emergency landing.

The Boeing 737 with 144 passengers and six crew landed safely after the pilot carried out the emergency landing.

The drama happened shortly before midnight at Cork Airport.

The pilot of the holiday flight from Belfast to Reus in Spain declared the emergency landing because of a suspected fuel leak, an airport spokesman said.

“We activated our emergency plan but the plane landed safely,” the spokesman said. “The plane is grounded subject to inspection but it’s not thought there was a leak.”

The passengers, flying with Air Contractors Limited, were being accommodated in hotels overnight.

It is expected a replacement charter aircraft will be sent to Cork later today to fly the passengers to Reus in Catalonia to begin their holiday.

The plane at the centre of the emergency landing will be inspected today.

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