Police close M27 in airport emergency

flybe Q400

A familiar site over Eastleigh skies: A Flybe Bombardier Q400

An emergency landing at Southampton Airport caused a rush hour snarl up this morning after an aircraft with engine problems caused Police to close the M27 briefly.

At about 8.48 a flybe Dash 8 Q400 enroute to Jersey lost power to the starboard engine shortly after takeoff and was forced to return to the airport.

All emergency services were scrambled and contingency plans put in place to close the motorway but by 9.05 the aircraft had landed safely with no reported injuries and the road closures were quickly lifted.

  1 comment for “Police close M27 in airport emergency

  1. Stephen Slominski
    November 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    The police have good reason to close motorway. In 1993 a small jet landing in a thunderstorm skidded off the runway onto the M27 clobbering two cars and bursting into flames.
    One of the cars – a Ford sierra – was driven by Ford colleagues of mine. No body seriously hurt and car car survived with dents but the plane was a complete write off, burnt out completley.
    “Ford News” ran photos of the car and the burnt out plane wreck “Jet 0 Sierra 1”

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