A FLIGHT from Inverness to Amsterdam had to be aborted 10 minutes after take-off this week when one of the engines malfunctioned.
A full-scale emergency was declared at Inverness Airport yesterday as the crew of the turboprop plane guided it back to the runway on one engine.
The Flybe plane took off from Inverness at 12.30pm bound for Amsterdam’s Schipol, one of the world’s busiest terminals.
Flybe said the port engine developed a technical fault and was shut down by the pilot.
It is understood the plane’s captain spoke to passengers on the intercom and told them there had been a "malfunction" and the engine had to be switched off.
Passengers clapped and cheered as the plane landed safely.
The plane arrived back in Inverness at around 1pm and was met by the airport’s two fire engines.
Three fire tenders and the emergency tender with cutting gear were also sent from Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service’s HQ, but were recalled after the aircraft landed safely.
One ambulance and the Scottish Ambulance Service special operations manager also went to the airport.
Passengers flew to Amsterdam at 5.30pm on a replacement plane.
A Flybe spokesperson said: "Flybe can confirm that flight BE1285 from Inverness to Amsterdam landed safely at 1pm after returning from airborne following a technical fault that resulted in the captain electing to shut down the number one engine as a safety precaution.
"The Bombardier Q400 aircraft is designed to continue flying safely with one of its engines shut down but, as is standard industry procedure, the aircraft was met by the airport’s emergency service vehicles.
"After taxiing to the terminal, all 58 passengers disembarked normally and are being re-accommodated on the next available flight.
"Flybe regrets any inconvenience experienced by passengers but as always the safety of our passengers and crew remains the airline’s number one priority."