Fast response to aircraft mayday

Southampton Airport

Local emergency services were able to test their response to an airport emergency on Saturday afternoon after Southampton Airport received a mayday call from an incoming aircraft.

A private light aircraft with two people on board were reported by the airport to have a jammed throttle at 3.05pm.

All relevant emergency services were available and stood by for the air emergency and prepared to rapidly close the motorway at the southern end of the airport runway.

However the aircraft was able to land without incident and all was declared safe within seven minutes of the original call.


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