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Plane forced to land at London City Airport after part of wing fell off

Landing at London City Airport Landing at London City Airport

Thursday, May 15, 2014
6:28 PM

A plane was forced to make an emergency return to London City Airport this morning when part of its wing fell off.

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The pilot abandoned the 7.25am CityJet flight to Florence moments after take-off, before circling the Thames Estuary and touching back down in the Docklands.

Many of the 61 Passengers on board the Avro RJ85 plane heard a loud bang before a six foot-long section of the left wing fell away.

A spokesperson for CityJet said: “The crew followed their standard procedures and, after a discussion with CityJet Maintenance Control, decided to return to London City Airport.

“Air Traffic Control were notified and the aircraft returned making a normal approach and landing. Passengers were re-directed on another aircraft and departed with a two hour delay.”

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