Scotland-bound plane crash-lands at Belfast Airport

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A passenger plane bound for Scotland has crash landed at Belfast International Airport.

The Flybe plane bound for Inverness was forced to return to the airport after the pilot found he was unable to drop the nose of the aircraft.

After circling above for around two hours he made the decision to put the Bombardier Q-400 aircraft down at around 1.30pm.

The landing was far from smooth, with flight no BE331 skidding across the runway when it touched down.

There were 52 passengers and four crew members on board the flight.

A Flybe statement said: “Flybe can confirm that there has been an incident involving one of our Bombardier Q-400 aircraft, flight no BE331 which landed with no nose gear in place.

“The aircraft departed from Belfast City at 1107 local time bound for Inverness. The incident occurred at Belfast International Airport at approximately 1330 local time.

“There are 52 passengers on board and four crew members.

“Our primary concern is for the welfare of the passengers and crew.”