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.

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