No fuel found on runway after leak fear prompted emergency landing in Cork

The plane at the centre of an emergency landing at Cork Airport last night will be inspected today.

The chartered plane was on its way from Belfast to Reus in Spain when it was forced to divert to Cork after the pilot reported a suspected fuel leak.

The Boeing 737 Air Contractors flight with 144 passengers and six crew landed safely about 15 minutes before midnight after the pilot carried out the emergency landing, and was attended to by emergency crews.

Head of Communications at Cork Airport Kevin Cullinane told RedFM that no fuel was found on the runway.

"The aircraft diverted to Cork Airport where the emergency plan was activated," he said. "Following a full inspection...no fuel was fround on the runway. The plan was stood down five minutes later.

"Passengers and crew were accommodated in Cork hotels overnight."

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