Emergency alert as passenger plane set to land at East Midlands Airport
A full-scale emergency alert was launched at East Midlands Airport yesterday when the crew of a holiday passenger jet which was about to land reported a technical problem.
The Thomson Boeing 737-800, which was returning from Alicante, in Spain, with 174 passengers aboard, reported a “minor technical issue”.
It’s understood the pilot declared a PAN, a generic term denoting the next level of alert below a Mayday distress call.
The airport’s air traffic control alerted the emergency services prompting a turnout by seven fire appliances from Loughborough, Coalville, Shepshed and Ashby.
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The emergency was declared two minutes before the aircraft’s scheduled 1.20pm landing time. It eventually landed safely 15 minutes later.
A Thomson Airways spokeswoman said: “As a precautionary measure a PAN was declared after crew on board noticed a minor technical issue.
“The safety of our customers and crew is of paramount importance and we would like to reassure customers that this type of situation is extremely rare. “
She added that passengers were told about the reason for the delay after the aircraft had landed.