Dundee flight in U-turn after ‘warning’ onboard

The runway at Dundee Airport
The runway at Dundee Airport

A flight bound for London from Dundee made a dramatic mid-air U-turn today after a technical issue on board.

The BE6621 flight, operated by Loganair, departed from Dundee shortly after 7am heading for Stansted Airport.

It flew as far south as Kirkmuirhill in South Lanarkshire – 65 miles away – before turning back towards Tayside and circling Dundee a couple of times before landing.

Radar data shows the plane making a U-turn
Radar data shows the plane making a U-turn

Radar data showed that the plane turned back just 25 minutes after take-off, landing back at the airport at 7.53am.

A spokesman for Loganair sad: “Flight BE6621 was en-route from Dundee to London Stansted carrying 20 passengers and three crew when a warning indicator signalled in the cockpit.

“The captain took the precautionary measure to return to Dundee Airport where the Saab 340 aircraft landed safely.

“Loganair is currently making alternative travel arrangements for passengers and would like to apologise for the disruption this interruption has caused.”

Updates from Dundee Airport confirmed the services from the hub would be cancelled today as a result of the plane — used by many businesspeople to commute to London — having to turn round.

There was no suggestion that the flight was in any danger as a result of the technical difficulties. The airport’s social media channels kept passengers updated.

On Twitter, the airport posted at 7.49am: “Flight BE6621 to @STN_Airport is returning to Dundee with a technical issue this morning, update is expected when aircraft is on the ground.”

The Dundee-Stansted route has been operated by Scottish airline Loganair since earlier this year, having previously been a Flybe service.

The contract to operate the route for the next two years was approved by the council earlier this year.

Flights operate between Dundee and London twice a day.

A spokesman for Stansted Airport said it was a matter for the airline to comment on.